Nonconscious semantic processing of emotional words modulates conscious access.

  title={Nonconscious semantic processing of emotional words modulates conscious access.},
  author={Rapha{\"e}l Gaillard and Antoine Del Cul and Lionel Naccache and Fabien Vinckier and Laurent Cohen and Stanislas Dehaene},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={103 19},
Whether masked words can be processed at a semantic level remains a controversial issue in cognitive psychology. Although recent behavioral studies have demonstrated masked semantic priming for number words, attempts to generalize this finding to other categories of words have failed. Here, as an alternative to subliminal priming, we introduce a sensitive behavioral method to detect nonconscious semantic processing of words. The logic of this method consists of presenting words close to the… CONTINUE READING
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