Exploring conditions for the integration of relation without visual awareness

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dc.contributor.advisor Corballis, PM en
dc.contributor.advisor Hayward, WG en
dc.contributor.author Oxner, Matthew en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-14T20:48:02Z en
dc.date.issued 2018 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45166 en
dc.description.abstract Whether or not awareness is necessary for complex cognition and consequent behaviour continues to be debated. A series of recent studies have focused one particular cognitive function - judging the same/different relation of a pair of stimuli - and appear to show that this can occur with no subjective visual consciousness of the same stimuli. In this thesis, we explore the context and limits of this form of unconscious integration, with a focus on two concerns. First, an unconscious process simpler than genuine integration may be sufficient to account for previous effects involving multiple stimuli. Second, intermittent stimulus awareness could be responsible for driving these effects, and so any responsible process may not truly be unconscious. We investigate these issues using several paradigms and two novel additions: a richer stimulus set that eliminates some alternative explanations, and a new approach for assessing the absence of awareness. This exploration features converging evidence from four behavioural experiments. In Experiment 1, we replicate and extend an earlier finding of unconscious integration when participants subjectively report no awareness of the stimuli. Experiment 2 shows that this effect obtains when using a larger stimulus set, and when participants fail to identify the integrated stimuli. Finally, Experiments 3 and 4testwhether this unconscious integration of relation generalizes to classic masked priming paradigms. These results are discussed in the context of unconscious integration in particular, and with regard to theoretical and methodological issues in the general field of unconscious research. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof PhD Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99265119213602091 en
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dc.title Exploring conditions for the integration of relation without visual awareness en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.name PhD en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.elements-id 761576 en
pubs.org-id Science en
pubs.org-id Psychology en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2019-02-15 en


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