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Rozpoznawanie eksponowanych podprogowo słów o negatywnych bądź pozytywnych konotacjach
Recognition of suboptimally exposed words with negative vs. positive connotation

Author(s): Kamila Dobrenko, Maria Jarymowicz
Subject(s): Psychology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar Sp. z o.o.
Keywords: unconscious semantic information; negative; neutral and positive words; negative words

Summary/Abstract: Empirical studies indicate the high complexity of unconscious semantic information processing. However, results rise numerous questions concerning relationship between early unconscious processing and subsequent conscious assimilation of information. The article presents studies based on the assumption that conscious assimilation of semantic information depends on the affect evoked by words on the unconscious level of processing. In two studies negative, neutral and positive words were suboptimally exposed (for 40 msec). Then, targets, i.e. the same words (study 1) or synonyms (study 2), were optimally presented on the screen. The hypothesis predicted that the effectiveness of recognition of the suboptimally exposed words will be higher for positive than for negative words. Participants (students of different faculties of the University of Warsaw; study 1: n = 71, study 2: n = 71) were invited to “studies on intuition”. They were told in advance that some very short and invisible stimuli will be exposed, and a moment later two words will be visible on the screen. The task was to guess which word was connected with previous invisible stimuli. In both studies the level of the words’ recognition was significantly higher than chance. Moreover, in coherence with hypothesis, the level of words’ or their synonyms’ recognition was higher for positive than for negative words. Data were coherent with assumption that negative connotation inhibits explicit assimilation of signals.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 23
  • Page Range: 29-44
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish