SEMATOSENSORY SYSTEMS, PAINCompatibility effects between sound frequency and tactile elevationOccelli, Valeriaa c; Spence, Charlesc; Zampini, Massimilianoa bAuthor Information aDepartment of Cognitive Sciences and Education bCenter for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento, Rovereto (TN), Italy cCrossmodal Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University, England Correspondence to Valeria Occelli, Department of Cognitive Sciences and Education, University of Trento, Corso Bettini, 31, Rovereto (TN) 38068, Italy Tel: +39 0464 808669; fax: +39 0464 883698; e-mail: [email protected] Received 14 January 2009 accepted 10 March 2009 NeuroReport: May 27th, 2009 - Volume 20 - Issue 8 - p 793-797 doi: 10.1097/WNR.0b013e32832b8069 Buy SDC Metrics Abstract Participants made speeded discrimination responses to unimodal auditory (low-frequency vs. high-frequency sounds) or vibrotactile stimuli (presented to the index finger, upper location vs. to the thumb, lower location). In the compatible blocks of trials, the implicitly related stimuli (i.e. higher-frequency sounds and upper tactile stimuli; and the lower-frequency sounds and the lower tactile stimuli) were associated with the same response key; in the incompatible blocks, weakly related stimuli (i.e. high-frequency sounds and lower tactile stimuli; and the low-frequency sounds and the upper tactile stimuli) were associated with the same response key. Better performance was observed in the compatible (vs. incompatible) blocks, thus providing empirical support for the cross-modal association between the relative frequency of a sound and the relative elevation of a tactile stimulus. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.