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Negative Compatibility Effect in Masked Prime Paradigm:Interaction in Stage of Perception or Inhibition in Stage of Response

LI Qian;WANG Yong-Hui   

  1. Department of Psychology, Shaanxi Normal University , Xi’an 710062, China
  • Received:2009-09-16 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2010-08-15 Published:2010-08-15

Abstract: In masked prime paradigm, negative compatibility effect, with performance benefits on incompatible trials and cost on compatible trials, occurs when mask-target SOA is 100 to 200ms. This effect can be interpreted by three theories: self-inhibition theory, object-updating theory and mask-triggered inhibition theory. All of which probe into the mechanism of negative compatibility effect, including whether it occurs in perception stage or response stage and involves self- inhibition or stimuli-triggered inhibition. The mechanism of negative compatibility effect need to be further explored.

Key words: visual masking, subliminal priming, negative compatibility effect