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.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A: Human Experimental Psychology|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 1998|