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
StatePublished - Apr 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Action-sentence compatibility effect
  • Embodied cognition


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