Past Midnight: Semantic Processing in an Implicit Learning Task

J. E.H. Bright*, A. M. Burton

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Four experiments are reported which examine the nature of representations underlying an implicit learning task. When shown a series of clock faces, each bearing a time between 6 and 12 o'clock, subjects subsequently show a selection preference for novel clock faces between these times. Furthermore, they show no signs of being aware of the underlying rule governing this preference. This effect is also present when the representation of time of day is changed from analogue to digital between learning and test. In the final experiment subjects show no preference for seen over unseen clocks between these critical times. These data suggest that, for this particular task, implicit learning involves abstract representations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-89
Number of pages19
JournalThe Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 1994
Externally publishedYes


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