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  1. Debra A. Fleischman

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0708

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Fleischman, D. A. 2010. Priming. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Priming is an implicit (nonconscious) long-term memory phenomenon that increases the processing efficiency (Schacter & Buckner, 1998) or tuning (Wiggs & Martin, 1998) that occurs as a consequence of a single repetition of an event. Consistent with the notion of increased efficiency or tuning, the neural signature of priming is a decrease in region-specific activation (i.e., repetition suppression) upon the repeated processing of studied material. This decreased activation contrasts with an increase in activation for explicit (conscious) retrieval for the same material.


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  • perceptual priming;
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