Priming in the attentional blink: Perception without awareness?

T. A W Visser, Philip M. Merikle, Vincent Di Lollo

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The attentional blink refers to a reduction in accuracy that occurs when observers are required to identify the second of two rapidly sequential targets. Even when the second target cannot be reported, however, it is still capable of priming the response to a subsequent related item. At issue in the present work was whether this priming is attributable mainly to conscious or unconscious processes. To answer this question, we used an exclusion procedure that permitted an assessment of the relative dominance of conscious and unconscious processes. The results showed that second targets that are identified incorrectly are nonetheless processed extensively outside of awareness. Moreover, this processing is sufficient to prime a subsequent response for at least 1 s after the onset of the prime.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1362-1372
Number of pages11
JournalVisual Cognition
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes


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