Semantic and subword priming during binocular suppression

Patricia Costello, Yi Jiang, Brandon Baartman, Kristine McGlennen, Sheng He

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

74 Scopus citations


In general, stimuli that are familiar and recognizable have an advantage of predominance during binocular rivalry. Recent research has demonstrated that familiar and recognizable stimuli such as upright faces and words in a native language could break interocular suppression faster than their matched controls. In this study, a visible word prime was presented binocularly then replaced by a high-contrast dynamic noise pattern presented to one eye and either a semantically related or unrelated word was introduced to the other eye. We measured how long it took for target words to break from suppression. To investigate word-parts priming, a second experiment also included word pairs that had overlapping subword fragments. Results from both experiments consistently show that semantically related words and words that shared subword fragments were faster to gain dominance compared to unrelated words, suggesting that words, even when interocularly suppressed and invisible, can benefit from semantic and subword priming.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-382
Number of pages8
JournalConsciousness and Cognition
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2009


  • Awareness
  • Binocular rivalry
  • Interocular suppression
  • Masking
  • Semantic priming
  • Subword priming

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Semantic and subword priming during binocular suppression'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this