Exploring "fringe" consciousness: The subjective experience of perceptual fluency and its objective bases

Consciousness and Cognition 13 (1):47-60 (2004)
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Abstract

Perceptual fluency is the subjective experience of ease with which an incoming stimulus is processed. Although perceptual fluency is assessed by speed of processing, it remains unclear how objective speed is related to subjective experiences of fluency. We present evidence that speed at different stages of the perceptual process contributes to perceptual fluency. In an experiment, figure-ground contrast influenced detection of briefly presented words, but not their identification at longer exposure durations. Conversely, font in which the word was written influenced identification, but not detection. Both contrast and font influenced subjective fluency. These findings suggest that speed of processing at different stages condensed into a unified subjective experience of perceptual fluency

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Thomas E. Zimmermann
Goethe University Frankfurt
Rolf Reber
University of Oslo