Does the presence of priming hinder subsequent recognition or recall performance?

Shauna M. Stark, Barry Gordon, Craig E.L. Stark

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Declarative and non-declarative memories are thought be supported by two distinct memory systems that are often posited not to interact. However, Wagner, Maril, and Schacter (2000a) reported that at the time priming was assessed, greater behavioural and neural priming was associated with lower levels of subsequent recognition memory, demonstrating an interaction between declarative and non-declarative memory. We examined this finding using a similar paradigm, in which participants made the same or different semantic word judgements following a short or long lag and subsequent memory test. We found a similar overall pattern of results, with greater behavioural priming associated with a decrease in recognition and recall performance. However, neither various within-participant nor various between-participant analyses revealed significant correlations between priming and subsequent memory performance. These data suggest that both lag and task have effects on priming and declarative memory performance, but that they are largely independent and occur in parallel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-173
Number of pages17
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)


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