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Semantic activation and letter search: Blocking or suppression?

Cinel, C and Avons, SE and Russo, R (2010) 'Semantic activation and letter search: Blocking or suppression?' Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63 (3). 580 - 594. ISSN 1747-0218

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Abstract

Two experiments investigated associative priming with a letter-search prime task where either the prime and letter probe were presented simultaneously, or the letter probe appeared 200 ms (Experiment 1) or 300 ms (Experiment 2) after the prime. Weak associative priming was observed in both experiments, but unlike Stolz and Besner (1996) we found no evidence that priming was increased when the probe was delayed. However, strong associative priming was observed when a semantic decision had to be made on the prime (Experiment 3). Our results are consistent with an account where semantic activation of the prime occurs but its action on the target is suppressed by the prime task. The persistence of weak priming effects with the letter search task is explained in terms of the low-frequency items used. © 2009 The Experimental Psychology Society.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2011 09:41
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 18:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1471

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