The present study was aimed at assessing whether focusing attention on a task-relevant part of a word prevents processing of its meaning. Participants performed a color-naming task on a prime word followed by lexical decision on a probe. Primes were words, which could contain an embedded color word (e.g., ‘‘redemption’’) written in an incongruent color. Probes were eithersemantically related (e.g., ‘‘confession’’) or unrelated (e.g.,‘‘production’’) to the prime word. A Stroop effect emerged for color words appearing either in the initial or in the final position of the carrier word. A priming effect also emerged, with faster responses to probes semantically related to the prime. These results are evidence that focusing attention on part of a prime (i.e., the embedded color word) does not prevent the semantic processing of the entire word.
Stroop effects on REDemption and semantic effects on confession: Simultaneous automatic activation of embedded and carrier words / Iani, Cristina; R., Job; R., Padovani; R., Nicoletti. - In: COGNITIVE PROCESSING. - ISSN 1612-4782. - STAMPA. - 10:(2009), pp. 327-334. [10.1007/s10339-009-0257-z]