Neutral Prime

1. Do a complete APA-style report, leaving out only the Abstract section  Some hints by section follow:


As explained in the background document, there have been similar experiments done, but none using our precise Stimulus Onset Asynchronies (SOAs). Therefore you can propose this experiment as a new one to examine in more depth the time course between SOA and priming.  You can also mention applications to other independent variables, such as degree of Asperger’s, bilingualism, etc.  Note that you should also find at least a couple of relevant articles to cite in support of your proposed experiment.


 Give all relevant details, (approximate size of letters, fact that everyone used different computers, viewing distance was up to participant, number of words in each condition, etc).  Sub-sections should include 

Participants(specify number, rough mix of genders, fact that all are students, etc.)

Equipment(pc computers using custom program)

Design( all repeated measures (since every Participant (P)  participated in every condition), 3 (SOAs) by 3 (prime-word conditions), though only two prime-word conditions will be analyzed, making it more like a 3 x 2 design.

Procedure  Specify step-by-step what each P does. 


(You can analyze the results once there are at least 18 people who have put their data in the spreadsheet.  Leave out your own data)

Complete a table like the following for the group means:

Reaction Time

100 ms

200 ms

500 ms


Related Prime





Neutral Prime










Prepare a graph for RT as a function of SOA, with separate lines for the two prime conditions, as illustrated in the background document from Canvas.

You should analyze the Results with ezANOVA, as explained in the background document from Canvas.

Please include everything into a single document.  Cut and paste the output of ezANOVA into the document, in an Appendix.


This should be in your own words, and not necessarily in the following order or format, but:

1. We are predicting a significant main effect for Relatedness.  Related primes should be quicker.

2. It is not clear what should be predicted for the main effect of SOA, though based on an earlier, class’ results, we might expect that longer SOAs will give quicker RTs.

3. It is also not clear what should be predicted for the interaction of SOA and Relatedness.  The information document gives one hypothetical possibility, but that is only for illustrative purposes.  Regardless of what we predict, an interaction between SOA and Relatedness might give some insight into the ideal time period for spreading activation, as discussed in the information document.


All cited articles should be included in standard APA format.

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