Effects of Conditional Discrimination Training on Symmetry and Semantic Priming

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Psychologists interested in the study of language find that people are faster at making decisions about words that are related than they are at making decisions about words that are not related – an effect called semantic priming. This phenomenon has largely only been document in laboratory settings using natural languages as contest and real words as stimuli. The current study explores the relation between the semantic priming effect and a laboratory procedure designed to give rise to performances that can be described as linguistic. Six adult participants learned to partition a collection of eight stimuli into two sets of ... continued below

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Hudgins, Caleb D. August 2011.

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Psychologists interested in the study of language find that people are faster at making decisions about words that are related than they are at making decisions about words that are not related – an effect called semantic priming. This phenomenon has largely only been document in laboratory settings using natural languages as contest and real words as stimuli. The current study explores the relation between the semantic priming effect and a laboratory procedure designed to give rise to performances that can be described as linguistic. Six adult participants learned to partition a collection of eight stimuli into two sets of four stimuli. Following this, the subjects showed the semantic priming effect within a set of stimuli but not across sets. These data suggest that it may be possible to study linguistic phenomenon in laboratory-based procedures allowing better control and the ability to ask very precise questions about linguistic functioning.

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Hudgins, Caleb D. Effects of Conditional Discrimination Training on Symmetry and Semantic Priming, thesis, August 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc84223/: accessed October 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .