Properties and mechanisms of perceptual priming

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1998 Apr;8(2):227-33. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(98)80144-x.


Recent evidence suggests that the behavioral phenomenon of perceptual priming and the physiological finding of decreased neural responses with item repetition have similar properties. Both the behavioral and neurophysiological effects show graded changes with multiple repetition, are resistant to manipulations of particular stimulus attributes (e.g. size and location), and occur independently of awareness. These and other recent findings (e.g. from functional brain imaging in humans) suggest that perceptual priming may be mediated by decreased neural responses associated with perceptual learning.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain Mapping*
  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods
  • Humans
  • Memory / physiology
  • Nerve Net
  • Perception / physiology*
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology