The effect of semantic encoding on unconscious retrieval processes

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Jeffrey Paul Toth (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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R. Reed Hunt

Abstract: The purpose of the present research was to investigate the conditions under which unconscious retrieval processes would show sensitivity to semantic encoding operations. In three experiments, subjects studied word-lists either semantically or non-semantically. Experiment 1 used categorized lists and tested for retention using word-fragment completion. Experiments 2 and 3 used unrelated words, presented visually and aurally at study, and tested for recognition memory using a response signal ("deadline") procedure in an attempt prevent the use of conscious retrieval strategies. In both experiments, target words were presented visually at test and target-signal delays were 500 ms and 1500 ms. In Experiment 2 subjects were directed to respond positively ("yes") to all previously presented words. In Experiment 3 subjects were directed to respond negatively to words previously presented in the visual modality.

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Language: English
Date: 1990
Recognition (Psychology)

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