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The Effects of Priming on Reaction Times, Confidence Rating Measures, and Accuracy

dc.contributor.advisorWoodman, Geoffrey F.
dc.contributor.authorFarina, Tiffany
dc.descriptionThis thesis explores the relationship between stimulus presentation time and the effects of priming. It was completed as part of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences under the direction of Dr. Geoffrey Woodman. It was completed in conjunction with the Honors Thesis course (PSY 4999) with Dr. Megan Saylor.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis project investigated the differences in reaction times between recognition of objects by feelings of familiarity and recognition of objects through direct recollection. Participants were shown images in a study phase, and shown them again in a test phase along with novel images. They were then asked to provide a rating of recognition confidence rating on a scale of 1 to 5. We predicted that reaction times would decrease as certainty of recognition or no recognition increased, and that items presented for a longer amount of time in the study phase would have faster reaction times and higher confidence ratings. Results showed that reaction times did decrease for items presented for longer amounts of time in the study phase. Confidence ratings increased significantly as item presentation length in the study phase increased, following the predicted trend of increased confidence ratings with decreased reaction times for stimuli viewed longer in the study phase. A surprising finding of diverging accuracy in two of the exposure conditions was also found.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciencesen_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subjectImplicit Memoryen_US
dc.subjectExplicit Memoryen_US
dc.subjectReaction Timesen_US
dc.subject.lcshCognitive psychologyen_US
dc.subject.lcshPriming (Psychology)en_US
dc.subject.lcshReaction timeen_US
dc.titleThe Effects of Priming on Reaction Times, Confidence Rating Measures, and Accuracyen_US
dc.description.collegeCollege of Arts and Scienceen_US
dc.description.schoolVanderbilt Universityen_US

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