Uwe Mattler (2007)

Inverse target- and cue-priming effects of masked stimuli.

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 33(1):83--102.

The processing of a visual target that follows a briefly presented prime stimulus can be facilitated if prime and target stimuli are similar. In contrast to these positive priming effects, inverse priming effects (or negative compatibility effects) have been found when a mask follows prime stimuli before the target stimulus is presented: Responses are facilitated after dissimilar primes. Previous studies on inverse priming effects examined target-priming effects, which arise when the prime and the target stimuli share features that are critical for the response decision. In contrast, 3 experiments of the present study demonstrate inverse priming effects in a nonmotor cue-priming paradigm. Inverse cue-priming effects exhibited time courses comparable to inverse target-priming effects. Results suggest that inverse priming effects do not arise from specific processes of the response system but follow from operations that are more general. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

Accession Number: 2007-01135-007. PMID: 17311481 Partial author list: First Author & Affiliation: Mattler, Uwe; Klinik fur Neurologie II, Otto-von-Guericke Universitat Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany. Release Date: 20070219. Publication Type: Journal (0100), Peer Reviewed Journal (0110). Format Covered: Electronic. Document Type: Journal Article. Language: English. Major Descriptor: Attention; Cues; Priming; Visual Masking; Visual Perception. Classification: Visual Perception (2323). Population: Human (10); Female (40). Location: Germany. Age Group: Adulthood (18 yrs & older) (300); Young Adulthood (18-29 yrs) (320); Thirties (30-39 yrs) (340). Methodology: Empirical Study; Quantitative Study. References Available: Y. Page Count: 20. Issue Publication Date: Feb, 2007. Publication History: Accepted Date: Mar 26, 2006; Revised Date: Nov 13, 2005; First Submitted Date: Jun 1, 2004. Copyright Statement: American Psychological Association. 2007.