The Impact of Effortful Processing on Automatic Priming

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Publication Type thesis
School or College College of Education
Department Educational Psychology
Author Fiet, Paula Barlow
Title The Impact of Effortful Processing on Automatic Priming
Date 2017
Description There are conflicting findings in the literature regarding the impact of effortful task demands on the availability of automatic semantic priming processes. Woltz and colleagues reported in one experiment that semantic priming effects were eliminated when episodic retrieval demands were added to a sentence completion priming task. This result could reflect sensitivity of automatic priming to effortful processing in general, or it could reflect the impact of changing task set or processing goals. The current experiment tested the general effort explanation in the same sentence completion. A mixed-case manipulation was used to increase attention demands in some target trials. This presumably disrupted the automatic reading process but did not change the processing goals demanded by the task. Response time was slower in the mixed case trials; however, semantic priming was not impacted by the perceptual effort manipulation. This evidence, in combination with previous findings, suggests that automatic priming processes can facilitate performance even under some forms of effortful task demands, and that disruption of priming may depend on the addition of different task goals.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Educational psychology; Psychology; Cognitive psychology
Dissertation Name Master of Science
Language eng
Rights Management (c) Paula Barlow Fiet
Format Medium application/pdf
ARK ark:/87278/s6p31d03
Setname ir_etd
Date Created 2019-04-26
Date Modified 2019-04-29
ID 1423220
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6p31d03
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