Psychological Research

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 339–354 | Cite as

Effects of perceptual and conceptual similarity in semantic priming

  • Robert Schreuder
  • Giovanni B. Flores d'Arcais
  • Ge Glazenborg


The study investigates the different contributions to semantic priming of two components of the semantic representation underlying a word. The two components are perceptually based information and conceptually based information. “Perceptual” information is based on physical attributes such as shape or color, while “conceptual” information consists of more abstract elements such as functional attributes. The question asked in this study was whether both components would produce an effect in semantic priming. Pairs of words either related because of a conceptual property (banana-apple), a perceptual property (ball-apple), or both because of a perceptual and conceptual property (cherry-apple) were presented as prime and target in a lexical decision and a word-naming task. The results showed independent contributions of perceptual and conceptual attributes to semantic priming.


Functional Attribute Lexical Decision Semantic Representation Conceptual Similarity Independent Contribution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Schreuder
    • 1
  • Giovanni B. Flores d'Arcais
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ge Glazenborg
    • 1
  1. 1.Unit of Experimental PsychologyLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Max Planck Institut für PsycholinguistikNijmegenThe Netherlands

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