A Role for Partial Awareness in the Modulation of Semantic Priming Effects

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/193467
Title:
A Role for Partial Awareness in the Modulation of Semantic Priming Effects
Author:
Thomas, Joseph Denard
Issue Date:
2008
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The present study sought to investigate the extent to which masked semantic priming is an automatic process and whether its effects vary depending upon the type of stimuli used. Recent studies have shown that there is a differential priming effect for prime-target pairs with different types of semantic relationships. Here, using a semantic categorization task with masked priming, we compared the effects of synonym, antonym,and associatively related non-exemplar prime-target pairs when presented at different stimulus onset asynchronies (SOAs). Participants took a prime visibility posttest in conjunction with the categorization task which served as a measure of "partial awareness" of the prime. The results here indicate that differences in perceptual awareness may produce differential semantic priming patterns across the semantic relationships and SOAs considered. Potential mechanisms for this divergence are proposed.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Masked Priming; Semantic Priming; Partial Awareness; Empirical Semantics; Psycholinguistics; Visual Word Recognition
Degree Name:
MA
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Psychology; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Forster, Kenneth I.
Committee Chair:
Forster, Kenneth I.

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dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleA Role for Partial Awareness in the Modulation of Semantic Priming Effectsen_US
dc.creatorThomas, Joseph Denarden_US
dc.contributor.authorThomas, Joseph Denarden_US
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe present study sought to investigate the extent to which masked semantic priming is an automatic process and whether its effects vary depending upon the type of stimuli used. Recent studies have shown that there is a differential priming effect for prime-target pairs with different types of semantic relationships. Here, using a semantic categorization task with masked priming, we compared the effects of synonym, antonym,and associatively related non-exemplar prime-target pairs when presented at different stimulus onset asynchronies (SOAs). Participants took a prime visibility posttest in conjunction with the categorization task which served as a measure of "partial awareness" of the prime. The results here indicate that differences in perceptual awareness may produce differential semantic priming patterns across the semantic relationships and SOAs considered. Potential mechanisms for this divergence are proposed.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectMasked Primingen_US
dc.subjectSemantic Primingen_US
dc.subjectPartial Awarenessen_US
dc.subjectEmpirical Semanticsen_US
dc.subjectPsycholinguisticsen_US
dc.subjectVisual Word Recognitionen_US
thesis.degree.nameMAen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorForster, Kenneth I.en_US
dc.contributor.chairForster, Kenneth I.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest2767en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659749797en_US
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