2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Implicit Learning of Target Cues in the Absence of Consciousness
Stefan J. Krueger*, Patrick Hess, Kimberly F. Suozzi, and Jen G. Pearlstein
Dr. Terry Palmer, Faculty Mentor

A visual target is perceived more accurately when preceded by an event predictive of its location (e.g., Posner, Snyder, and Davidson, 1980). In addition, perceivers can learn these cue-target relationships implicitly (e.g., Turk-Browne, Junge, and Scholl, 2005). The present experiment examines whether such implicit learning can occur when the cues are never consciously perceived. Participants were presented with 256 trials in which their task was to recognize a visual target. On each trial, the target was preceded by two different suppressed lip-movements, presented side-by-side, as well as by a consciously perceived speech sound corresponding to one of these two lip-movements. On 80 percent of the trials, the target occurred at the same location as the non-corresponding lip-movement, and we predict that target recognition performance will vary accordingly.

Keywords: vision, perception, attention, unconscious perception, McGurk effect, learning, cues

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 3-8
Location: SUB-GEO
Time: 4:15

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