The role of spatial attention in nonconscious processing: a comparison of face and nonface stimuli.

@article{Finkbeiner2009TheRO,
  title={The role of spatial attention in nonconscious processing: a comparison of face and nonface stimuli.},
  author={Matthew Finkbeiner and Romina Palermo},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2009},
  volume={20 1},
  pages={42-51}
}
Recent findings from the masked priming paradigm have revealed a surprising influence of higher-level cognitive systems (i.e., attention) on nonconscious cognitive processes. These data have effectively undermined the long-standing assumption in cognitive science that nonconscious processes are carried out independently of attention and have quickly led to the opposite view that attention is a prerequisite for nonconscious processes. Here we present evidence for a middle position by showing… CONTINUE READING

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