Attention constraints of semantic activation during visual word recognition.

  title={Attention constraints of semantic activation during visual word recognition.},
  author={Mark Caleb Smith and Shlomo Bentin and Thomas M. Spalek},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  volume={27 5},
The reduction of semantic priming following letter search of the prime suggests that semantic activation can be blocked if attention is allocated to the letter level during word processing. Is this true even for the very fast-acting component of semantic activation? To test this, the authors explored semantic priming of lexical decision at stimulus onset asynchronies (SOAs) of either 200 or 1,000 ms. Following semantic prime processing, priming occurred at both SOAs. In contrast, no priming… CONTINUE READING

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