Semantic Processing in an Incidental Learning Task

P. McGeorge, A. M. Burton

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Recent research on implicit learning has suggested that perceptual learning could account for the observed dissociation between task performance and associated verbal knowledge. We report three experiments that investigate whether performance in an incidental learning task is based on knowledge held primarily at a perceptual or a semantic level. The results indicate that, under the task conditions described, processing of the semantic content of the stimuli is an automatic process. The implications of this result for implicit learning are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-609
Number of pages13
JournalThe Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 1990
Externally publishedYes


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