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Oscillations in Motor Priming: Positive Rebound Follows the Inhibitory Phase in the Masked Prime Paradigm

Sumner, Petroc and Brandwood, T. 2008. Oscillations in Motor Priming: Positive Rebound Follows the Inhibitory Phase in the Masked Prime Paradigm. Journal of Motor Behavior 40 (6) , pp. 484-490. 10.3200/JMBR.40.6.484-490

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Abstract

Masked stimuli can cause partial motor activation and prime responses to subsequent stimuli. Under certain conditions, a biphasic pattern appears, such that positive priming precedes a negative phase, which has been interpreted as evidence of an inhibitory mechanism that suppresses the motor activity caused by the prime. In this article, the authors report evidence for a further reversal in priming: In two experiments, the authors found that the negative compatibility effect was followed by a small but repeatable positive priming effect at an interval of approximately 500 ms between prime and target. Thus, masked primes appear to produce a triphasic pattern of priming, which is consistent with the notion that oscillation between facilitation and inhibition may be a fundamental property of the competitive interactions between response alternatives in the motor system.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: automatic, inhibition, NCE, reversed priming, subliminal priming
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1940-1027
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:54
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/5647

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