Classic stroop negative priming effects for children and adults diverge with less-conflicting and nonconflicting conditions

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Pritchard, Verena E. and Neumann, Ewald. (2011) Classic stroop negative priming effects for children and adults diverge with less-conflicting and nonconflicting conditions. American Journal of Psychology. 124(4), pp. 405 - 419. https://doi.org/10.5406/amerjpsyc.124.4.0405
AuthorsPritchard, Verena E. and Neumann, Ewald
Abstract

Negative priming indexes an inhibition process that aids target selection by reducing distractor interference. To date, children have produced negative priming only in tasks where distractor response tendencies are consistently greater than or equal to targets and not in tasks containing a substantial proportion of low-conflict distractors. To establish the exact parameters under which children's negative priming attenuates relative to adults, we varied processing demands across 2 experiments involving children and adults. Negative priming was comparable when 100% high-conflict conditions were encountered (Experiment 1) and was intact in adults but not children when a ratio of 50:50 high- to low-conflict conditions was encountered (Experiment 2). Compared with adults, children seem induced to divide attention more generally when lowconflict attentional conditions are included, attenuating negative priming.

Year2011
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychology
Journal citation124 (4), pp. 405 - 419
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
ISSN0002-9556
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5406/amerjpsyc.124.4.0405
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84858399610
Page range405 - 419
Research GroupInstitute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE)
Place of publicationUnited States of America
EditorsS. Goodman
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