Masked priming of number judgments depends on prime validity and task

Glen E. Bodner, Audny T. Dypvik

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Abstract

The influence of brief masked primes (42 or 50 msec) on number target judgments is shown to be highly sensitive to the list-wide validity of the primes for performing a particular target task. Odd/even judgments were facilitated on parity-valid trials (e.g., 1-7) relative to parity-invalid trials (e.g., 6-7), especially when .8 rather than .2 of the trials were parity valid. The opposite pattern was observed with magnitude judgments relative to 5: Responses were facilitated on magnitude- valid trials (e.g., 6-7) relative to magnitude-invalid trials (e.g., 1-7), especially when .8 of the trials were magnitude valid. These results are consistent with Bodner and Masson's (2001) claim that a processing episode constructed during a masked prime event is more likely to be recruited when there is a high probability that it will facilitate responding to the target.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-47
Number of pages19
JournalMemory and Cognition
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005

Keywords

  • lexical decision
  • valid group
  • validity effect

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