A pre-registered, multi-lab non-replication of the action-sentence compatibility effect (ACE)

Richard D. Morey*, Michael P. Kaschak, Antonio M. Díez-Álamo, Arthur M. Glenberg, Rolf A. Zwaan, Daniël Lakens, Agustín Ibáñez, Adolfo García, Claudia Gianelli, John L. Jones, Julie Madden, Florencia Alifano, Benjamin Bergen, Nicholas G. Bloxsom, Daniel N. Bub, Zhenguang G. Cai, Christopher R. Chartier, Anjan Chatterjee, Erin Conwell, Susan Wagner CookJoshua D. Davis, Ellen R.K. Evers, Sandrine Girard, Derek Harter, Franziska Hartung, Eduar Herrera, Falk Huettig, Stacey Humphries, Marie Juanchich, Katharina Kühne, Shulan Lu, Tom Lynes, Michael E.J. Masson, Markus Ostarek, Sebastiaan Pessers, Rebecca Reglin, Sara Steegen, Erik D. Thiessen, Laura E. Thomas, Sean Trott, Joachim Vandekerckhove, Wolf Vanpaemel, Maria Vlachou, Kristina Williams, Noam Ziv-Crispel

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The Action-sentence Compatibility Effect (ACE) is a well-known demonstration of the role of motor activity in the comprehension of language. Participants are asked to make sensibility judgments on sentences by producing movements toward the body or away from the body. The ACE is the finding that movements are faster when the direction of the movement (e.g., toward) matches the direction of the action in the to-be-judged sentence (e.g., Art gave you the pen describes action toward you). We report on a pre-registered, multi-lab replication of one version of the ACE. The results show that none of the 18 labs involved in the study observed a reliable ACE, and that the meta-analytic estimate of the size of the ACE was essentially zero.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-626
Number of pages14
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

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The first two authors contributed equally to the preparation of the manuscript. Support for the project was provided by the following sources: the Smith Family Fund (Anjan Chatterjee), the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO; grant 452-17-013 to Daniël Lakens), the Economic and Social Research Council (grant ES/L010224/2 to Zhenguang Cai), the University of Salamanca (Antonio M. Díez-Álamo, grant 463A.B.01, 2013, co-funded by Banco Santander; and Ayuda para movilidad del personal investigador), the National Science Foundation (Methods, Measurement, and Statistics grant #1534472 to Joachim Vandekerckhove), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (Discovery Grants to Daniel Bub and Michael Masson), CONICET (grants to Agustín Ibáñez and Adolfo García), FONCYT-PICT (grants, 2017-1818, 2017-1820 to Agustín Ibáñez), ANID/FONDECYT Regular (grant 1210195 to Agustín Ibáñez), ANID/FONDAP (grant 15150012 to Agustín Ibáñez), ANID, FONDECYT Regular (grant 1210176 to Adolfo García), Programa Interdisciplinario de Investigación Experimental en Comunicación y Cognición (PIIECC), Facultad de Humanidades, USACH (grant to Adolfo García), and the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI-UCSF).

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