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Reading: Semantic Priming from Flanker Words: Some Limitation to Automaticity

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Semantic Priming from Flanker Words: Some Limitation to Automaticity

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Katia Duscherer ,

Laboratoire de Psychologie Expérimentale, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 50, avenue F. D. Roosevelt, CP 191, B-1050 Brussels, BE
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Daniel Holender

Laboratoire de Psychologie Expérimentale, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 50, avenue F. D. Roosevelt, CP 191, B-1050 Brussels, BE
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Abstract

We explore under which conditions words flanking a centrally presented digit in the prime display can elicit semantic priming on the lexical decision to a subsequent letter string appearing at fixation about 1 sec later. No significant priming is found when the prime display requires an immediate odd/even classification of a digit (Experiment 1), a delayed recall of a digit (Experiment 3), or the detection of an infrequent change from the digit 4 to the letter A (Experiment 4). It is only in Experiment 2, in which nothing is presented at fixation during the prime display in positive lexical decision trials, that a positive semantic priming effect is found. These results are discussed in the framework of quantitative and qualitative limitations to processing automaticity.

How to Cite: Duscherer, K. and Holender, D., 2003. Semantic Priming from Flanker Words: Some Limitation to Automaticity. Psychologica Belgica, 43(3), pp.153–179. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb.1008
Published on 01 Jan 2003.
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