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Acta Psychologica Sinica ›› 2023, Vol. 55 ›› Issue (4): 529-541.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1041.2023.00529

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Subliminal speech priming of Mandarin Chinese: Evidence from auditory masked priming paradigm

JIANG Luyao1,2, LI Bingbing1()   

  1. 1College of Education Science, Jiangsu Normal University, Xuzhou 221116, China
    2College of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China
  • Published:2023-04-25 Online:2022-12-30
  • Contact: LI Bingbing


Three experiments were conducted to investigate auditory subliminal priming effect of Mandarin Chinese Using Mandarin Chinese disyllabic words as experimental materials and auditory masking priming paradigm. The results showed that the auditory subliminal repetition priming effect of words was significant, and the auditory subliminal repetition priming effect was not affected by the congruency of the gender between prime and target. However, the subliminal phonological, morpheme and semantic priming effects of words and the subliminal repetition and initial character priming effects of nonwords were not significant. These results indicated that the lexical level information of subliminal two-character Mandarin Chinese words of auditory modality can be unconsciously processed. The auditory subliminal priming effect of two-character Mandarin Chinese words may be based on the unconscious activation of the whole-word representation of the prime words.

Key words: auditory masking priming paradigm, subliminal priming effect, unconscious processing