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Sensorimotor supremacy: Investigating conscious and unconscious vision by masked priming

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According to the sensorimotor supremacy hypothesis, conscious perception draws on motor action. In the present report, we will sketch two lines of potential development in the field of masking research based on the sensorimotor supremacy hypothesis. In the first part of the report, evidence is reviewed that masked, invisible stimuli can affect motor responses, attention shifts, and semantic processes. After the review of the corresponding evidence - so-called masked priming effects - an approach based on the sensorimotor supremacy hypothesis is detailed as to how the question of a unitary mechanism of unconscious vision can be pursued by masked priming studies. In the second part of the report, different models and theories of backward masking and masked priming are reviewed. Types of models based on the sensorimotor hypothesis are discussed that can take into account ways in which sensorimotor processes (reflected in masked priming effects) can affect conscious vision under backward masking conditions.








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  • Department of Psychology, Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
  • Department of Psychology, Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
  • Department of Psychology, Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
  • Department of Psychology, Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
  • Department of Psychology, Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany


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