Masked priming has a short and somewhat controversial history. When used as a tool to study whether semantic processing can occur in the absence of conscious awareness, considerable debate followed, mainly about whether masked priming truly tapped unconscious processes. For research into other components of visual word processing, however - in particular, orthographic, phonological, and morphological - a general consensus about the evidence provided by masked priming results has emerged. This book contains thirteen original chapters in which these three components of visual word processing are examined using the masked priming procedure. The chapters showcase the advantages of masked priming as an alternative to more standard methods of studying language processing that require comparisons of matched items. Based on a recent conference, this book offers up-to-date research findings, and would be valuable to researchers and students of word recognition, psycholinguistics, or reading.
Section 1: Mechanisms. The Mechanics of Masked Priming Kenneth I. Forster, Kathleen Mohan & Jo Hector. An Abstractionist Account of Masked and Long-Term Priming Jeffrey Bowers. A Retrospective View of Masked Priming: Toward a Unified Account of Masked and Long-Term Repetition Priming Michael E.J. Masson & Glen E. Bodner.
Section 2: Orthographics Effects. Transposed-Letter Confusability Effects in Masked Form Priming Manuel Perea & Stephen J. Lupker. Factors Underlying Masked Priming Effects in Competitive Network Models of Visual Word Recognition Colin J. Davis
Section 3: Phonological Effects. The Robustness of Phonological Effects in Fast Priming Ram Frost. Dissociating Automatic Orthographic and Phonological Codes in Lexical Access and Lexical Acquisition Michael B. Johnston & Anne E. Castles The Nature of Masked Onset Priming Effect in Naming: A Review Sachiko Kinoshita.
Section 4: Morphological Effects. Racehorses, Reindeers and Sparrows: Using Masked Priming to Investigate Morphological Influences on Compound Word Identification Natalie Shoolman and Sally Andrews. Reading Morphologically-Complex Words: Some Thoughts from Masked Priming Kathleen Rastle and Matthew H. Davis.
Section 5: Masked Priming in Special Populations.
Masked Priming Across Languages: An Insight into Bilingual Lexical Processing Chris Davis, Jeesun Kim & Rosa Sanchez-Casas Bilingual Visual Word Recognition: Evidence from Masked Phonological Priming Marc Brysbaert
Word Recognition Development in Children: Insights from Masked-Priming Anne Castles, Chris Davis & Kenneth I. Forster