Psychophysics: Is subliminal learning really passive?

@article{Seitz2003PsychophysicsIS,
  title={Psychophysics: Is subliminal learning really passive?},
  author={A. Seitz and T. Watanabe},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2003},
  volume={422},
  pages={36-36}
}
  • A. Seitz, T. Watanabe
  • Published 2003
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Perceptual learning can occur as a result of exposure to a subliminal stimulus, without the subject having to pay attention and without relevance to the particular task in hand — but is this type of learning purely passive? Here we show that perceptual learning is not passive, but instead results from reinforcement by an independent task. As this learning occurred on a subliminal feature, our results are inconsistent with attentional learning theories in which learning occurs only on stimuli to… CONTINUE READING
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