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ERIC Number: EJ1008499
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 94
ISSN: ISSN-0096-3445
Cognitive Processes in Associative and Categorical Priming: A Diffusion Model Analysis
Voss, Andreas; Rothermund, Klaus; Gast, Anne; Wentura, Dirk
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, v142 n2 p536-559 May 2013
Cognitive processes and mechanisms underlying different forms of priming were investigated using a diffusion model approach. In a series of 6 experiments, effects of prime-target associations and of a semantic and affective categorical match of prime and target were analyzed for different tasks. Significant associative and categorical priming effects were found in standard analyses of response times (RTs) and error frequencies. Results of diffusion model analyses revealed that priming effects of associated primes were mapped on the drift rate parameter ("v"), while priming effects of a categorical match on a task-relevant dimension were mapped on the extradecisional parameters ("t[subscript 0]" and "d"). These results support a spreading activation account of associative priming and an explanation of categorical priming in terms of response competition. Implications for the interpretation of priming effects and the use of priming paradigms in cognitive psychology and social cognition are discussed. (Contains 9 tables, 2 figures, and 13 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany