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Enhanced semantic priming in synesthetes independent of sensory binding

Goodhew, Stephanie Catherine; Freire, Melissa R.; Edwards, Mark

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Synesthesia is the phenomenon in which individuals experience unusual involuntary cross-modal pairings. The evidence to date suggests that synesthetes have access to advantageous item-specific memory cues linked to their synesthetic experience, but whether this emphasis on item-specific memory cues comes at the expense of semantic-level processing has not been unambiguously demonstrated. Here we found that synesthetes produce substantially greater semantic priming magnitudes, unrelated to their...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGoodhew, Stephanie Catherine
dc.contributor.authorFreire, Melissa R.
dc.contributor.authorEdwards, Mark
dc.date.accessioned2015-04-17T01:31:44Z
dc.date.available2015-04-17T01:31:44Z
dc.identifier.issn1053-8100
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/13277
dc.description.abstractSynesthesia is the phenomenon in which individuals experience unusual involuntary cross-modal pairings. The evidence to date suggests that synesthetes have access to advantageous item-specific memory cues linked to their synesthetic experience, but whether this emphasis on item-specific memory cues comes at the expense of semantic-level processing has not been unambiguously demonstrated. Here we found that synesthetes produce substantially greater semantic priming magnitudes, unrelated to their specific synesthetic experience. This effect, however, was moderated by whether the synesthetes were projectors (their synesthetic experience occurs in their representation of external space), or associators (their synesthetic experience occurs in their 'mind's eye'). That is, the greater a synesthetes's tendency to project their experience, the weaker their semantic priming when the task did not require them to semantically categorize the stimuli, whereas this trade-off was absent when the task did have that requirement.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was supported by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Research Award (DE140101734) awarded to S.C.G. and an ARC Discovery Project Grant (DP110104553) awarded to M.E.
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.rightsCrown Copyright 2015 Published by Elsevier Inc. http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1053-8100/ ..."Pre-print allowed on any website or open access repository" from SHERPA/RoMEO site (as at 17/04/15)
dc.sourceConsciousness and Cognition
dc.subjectassociator
dc.subjectindividual differences
dc.subjectitem-specific
dc.subjectprojector
dc.subjectrelational
dc.subjectsemantic priming
dc.subjectsynesthesia
dc.titleEnhanced semantic priming in synesthetes independent of sensory binding
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume33
dc.date.issued2015-05
local.identifier.absfor170112 - Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
local.identifier.absfor170201 - Computer Perception, Memory and Attention
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB1273
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.elsevier.com/
local.type.statusSubmitted Version
local.contributor.affiliationGoodhew, S. C., Research School of Psychology, The Australian National University
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DE140101734
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP110104553
local.identifier.essn1090-2376
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage443
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage456
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.concog.2015.02.019
dc.date.updated2015-12-10T10:25:10Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84925134971
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