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J Psycholinguist Res. 1998 Mar;27(2):203-33.

The pros and cons of masked priming.

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University of Arizona, Tucson 85721-0068, USA.

Abstract

Masked priming paradigms offer the promise of tapping automatic, strategy-free lexical processing, as evidenced by the lack of expectancy disconfirmation effects, and proportionality effects in semantic priming experiments. But several recent findings suggest the effects may be prelexical. These findings concern nonword priming effects in lexical decision and naming, the effects of mixed-case presentation on nonword priming, and the dependence of priming on the nature of the distractors in lexical decision, suggesting possible strategy effects. The theory underlying each of these effects is discussed, and alternative explanations are developed that do not preclude a lexical basis for masked priming effects.

PMID:
9561785
DOI:
10.1023/a:1023202116609
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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