Scince Fair Help

F. Frank LeFever flefever at
Mon Dec 14 22:22:26 EST 1998


Welcome back (to the newsgroup)!  I was beginning to think the Soociety
for Neuroscience meeting did you in.

Let me suggest an alternative approach: the heyday of "subliminal
perception" was long ago, and I doubt much has been happening in that
area UNDER THAT HEADING recently; however, a hot item in experimental
neuropsychology these days is "priming", and a search for this term
(with Boolean AND for things like cognition, dementia, neuropsychology,
brain function, etc., etc. to exclude other contexts) should yield
interesting stuff for you.

In the usual priming paradigm, a word or a drawing is presented under
conditions which once would have been labeled "subliminal", and its
influence on subsequent cognitive performances (e.g. recall,
recognition, word-identification, etc.) is assessed--but I'm not sure
the term "subliminal" will be among the key words or in the title or
abstract, so might be missed.  (Typical questions might be extent to
which Alzheiumers do or do not show normal priming, etc.)

F. Frank LeFever, Ph.D.
New York Neuropsychology Group

In <753ne6$nbm$1 at> Matt Jones <jonesmat at>
>In article <36740FDE.4815 at> Neil Martinuzzi,
>arnold1 at FLASH.NET writes:
>>To whom it may concern:	
>>	My name is Aaron Martinuzzi and I have to do a science fair
>>this year (seventh grade).  The project I have chosen to do is to
>>out if subliminal learning is effective.  I would like to do this
>>project, but I am in need of more information on subliminal learning.

>>If you could mail me back at your earliest convinience, that would be
>>great. Thank you!
>>			  Sincerely,
>>				    Aaron Martinuzzi
>I think this is an excellent project.  If I were you, I would start
>a web search for the word "subliminal". I came up with the stuff below
>after about ten seconds on
>Just remember, don't believe everything you read.
>Matt Jones
>            The Subliminal Scares 
>            by Jon Elliston
>            Dossier Editor
>            pscpdocs at
>            Do hidden stimuli pass stealthily though the doors of
>perception? If so, do subliminal messages have any effect on the minds
>            they invade? In the late 1950s, the American public was
>troubled with such questions after concealed ads were reportedly shown
>            to unwitting movie-goers. The initial obsession with
>subliminals was short-lived, however, as the controversial practice of
>            advertising "below the threshold of awareness" was neither
>proven effective nor widely used. But the seeds of subsequent
>            subliminal scares were planted, and the notion that what
>don't see may be as important as what you do see would rise again
>            and again into the American consciousness. This Dossier
>special report explores the hysteria surrounding subliminal messages,
>            from the 1950s to the not-so-distant future.
>            (c) Copyright 1997 ParaScope, Inc. 
>                1: Hidden Persuasion? 
>                2: Washington Reacts 
>                3: Vicary Tells All 
>                4: "Embeds" Everywhere 
>                5: Subliminal Suicides? 
>                6: Subliminal Survives 
>                Related Documents 
>                Sources 
>                Dossier message board: Share your views

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