Cross-domain Repetition Priming in Person Recognition

Mike A. Burton*, Stephen W. Kelly, Vicki Bruce

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Three experiments examining repetition priming of personal names are reported. In each experiment, faces are used as prime stimuli and people's names as the test stimuli. Experiment 1 fails to demonstrate priming from faces to names when the same task - a familiar/unfamiliar judgement - is made in prime and test phases. Experiment 2 shows that priming is observed when the same semantic judgement (British/American) is made in prime and test phases. Experiment 3 shows that priming is observed when different semantic judgements (dead/ alive, British/American) are made at prime and test phase. These results suggest that transfer-appropriate processing cannot provide the sole account of repetition priming in person recognition. Instead, the results are interpreted in terms of a structural account of priming, embedded within an interactive activation and competition model of person recognition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-529
Number of pages15
JournalQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A: Human Experimental Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1998
Externally publishedYes


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