Attention Mechanisms Mediate the Syntactic Priming Effect in Auditory Word Identification

Avital Deutsch, Shlomo Bentin*

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The syntactic priming effect and the involvement of attention in that process were investigated by testing identification of white noise-masked Hebrew words. Targets were either syntactically congruent or syntactically incongruent with the structure of the sentence. Relative to a neutral condition, similar facilitation and inhibition was found for congruent and incongruent targets, respectively. When syntactic congruency was blocked, the inhibition was attenuated, whereas the facilitation remained the same. A 350-ms silent interstimulus interval between context and target increased inhibition without affecting facilitation. We suggest that both the facilitation and the inhibition effects of syntactic priming are based on a veiled controlled process of generating expectations. The inhibition results from a controlled process of reevaluation that requires additional attention resources.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)595-607
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1994


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