Behavioral priming contributes to the subsequent recognition performance


The present study assessed the impact of behavioral priming in several tasks (semantic, color-decision and phonological tasks) on the creation of new explicit memory. In this study, Japanese words written in Kanji were repeated once in an incidental encoding task and explicit memory for the words was unexpectedly tested afterwards. The words associated with more behavioral priming in the semantic task were better recognized in the subsequent explicit memory test than were the words with less priming. Moreover, the subjects who demonstrated greater priming in the semantic task performed better in the explicit memory test. These results suggest that behavioral priming enhances the creation of explicit memory.

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