Humans represent perceptual events in a distributed, feature-specific fashion, which calls for some sort of feature integration. It has been suggested that processing an event leads to the creation of a temporary binding of the corresponding feature codes – an object file. Here we show that object files do not only comprise of perceptual feature codes but also include codes that reflect evaluations of the perceptual event.
Keywords: feature binding, affective binding, object file, event integration, emotion
Citation: Hommel B and Keizer AW (2012) Binding success and failure: evidence for the spontaneous integration of perceptual features and object evaluations. Front. Psychology 3:581. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00581
Received: 18 June 2012; Accepted: 10 December 2012;
Published online: 27 December 2012.
Edited by:Dorit Wenke, Humboldt University at Berlin, Germany
Reviewed by:Mike Wendt, University of Armed Forces, Germany
Copyright: © 2012 Hommel and Keizer. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in other forums, provided the original authors and source are credited and subject to any copyright notices concerning any third-party graphics etc.
*Correspondence: Bernhard Hommel, Department of Psychology, Cognitive Psychology Unit, Leiden University, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden, Netherlands. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org