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    Links between conscious awareness and response inhibition: evidence from masked priming

    Eimer, Martin and Schlaghecken, F. (2002) Links between conscious awareness and response inhibition: evidence from masked priming. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 9 (3), pp. 514-520. ISSN 1069-9384.

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    Abstract

    Recent results from “subliminal priming” experiments have shown that masked prime stimuli which can not be consciously perceived can trigger response activation processes, but that these response activations can later be subject to inhibition. Links between conscious awareness and response inhibition were investigated by manipulating the visibility of masked prime stimuli, from clearly visible primes to prime stimuli that were inaccessible to conscious perception. Response inhibition was observed with unperceived prime stimuli, but not for suprathreshold primes. Correlations between individual prime identification thresholds and the onset of response inhibition indicate that the absence or presence of conscious awareness can predict whether or not response inhibition is elicited. These results demonstrate qualitative differences in the effects of conscious and unconscious information. It is argued that response facilitation produced by consciously available perceptual information can counteract automatic effects of self-inhibitory motor control circuits.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2019 16:06
    Last Modified: 09 Dec 2019 16:06
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/30223

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