Exploring "fringe" consciousness: the subjective experience of perceptual fluency and its objective bases

Reber, Rolf; Wurtz, Pascal; Zimmermann, Thomas D. (2004). Exploring "fringe" consciousness: the subjective experience of perceptual fluency and its objective bases. Consciousness and cognition, 13(1), pp. 47-60. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/S1053-8100(03)00049-7

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Perceptual fluency is the subjective experience of ease with which an incoming stimulus is processed. Although perceptual fluency is assessed by speed of processing, it remains unclear how objective speed is related to subjective experiences of fluency. We present evidence that speed at different stages of the perceptual process contributes to perceptual fluency. In an experiment, figure-ground contrast influenced detection of briefly presented words, but not their identification at longer exposure durations. Conversely, font in which the word was written influenced identification, but not detection. Both contrast and font influenced subjective fluency. These findings suggest that speed of processing at different stages condensed into a unified subjective experience of perceptual fluency.

Item Type: Journal Article (Original Article)
Division/Institute: 07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Experimental Psychology and Neuropsychology
UniBE Contributor: Wurtz, Pascal and Zimmermann, Thomas
Subjects: 100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
ISSN: 1053-8100
Publisher: Elsevier
Language: English
Submitter: Pascal Wurtz
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2014 20:43
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 10:44
Publisher DOI: 10.1016/S1053-8100(03)00049-7
PubMed ID: 14990240
BORIS DOI: 10.7892/boris.38937
URI: http://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/38937

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