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Thematic thinking : the apprehension and consequences of thematic relations
A thematic relation is a temporal, spatial, causal, or functional relation between things that perform complementary roles in the same scenario or event. For example, cows and milk are related by aExpand
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Attributive and relational processes in nominal combination
Abstract The dual process theory of nominal (noun–noun) combination posits a relational process, in which a relation between concepts is inferred, as well as an attributive process, in which aExpand
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Head Up, Foot Down
Many objects typically occur in particular locations, and object words encode these spatial associations. We tested whether such object words (e.g., head, foot) orient attention toward the locationExpand
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Integrative priming occurs rapidly and uncontrollably during lexical processing.
Lexical priming, whereby a prime word facilitates recognition of a related target word (e.g., nurse --> doctor), is typically attributed to association strength, semantic similarity, or compoundExpand
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Freeze or flee? Negative stimuli elicit selective responding
Humans preferentially attend to negative stimuli. A consequence of this automatic vigilance for negative valence is that negative words elicit slower responses than neutral or positive words on aExpand
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Emotion and memory: A recognition advantage for positive and negative words independent of arousal
Much evidence indicates that emotion enhances memory, but the precise effects of the two primary factors of arousal and valence remain at issue. Moreover, the current knowledge of emotional memoryExpand
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Automatic vigilance for negative words in lexical decision and naming: comment on Larsen, Mercer, and Balota (2006).
An automatic vigilance hypothesis states that humans preferentially attend to negative stimuli, and this attention to negative valence disrupts the processing of other stimulus properties. Thus,Expand
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Integrative and semantic relations equally alleviate age-related associative memory deficits.
Two experiments compared effects of integrative and semantic relations between pairs of words on lexical and memory processes in old age. Integrative relations occur when two dissimilar andExpand
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Examining reports of mental health in adults with Williams syndrome.
Prior research suggests that individuals with Williams syndrome (WS) have a disposition towards anxiety. Information regarding this is typically derived from parents and carers. The perspectives ofExpand
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We investigated the determinants of whether activated knowledge leads to behavioral assimilation or to contrast. Whereas early studies concluded that behavior assimilates to activated categories butExpand
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