Conscious and Unconscious Processing of Emotional Words

Maurits Van Den Noort, Peggy Bosch, Rosalinde Van Kralingen, Claudia Dalbert (Editor)

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The processing of emotional words was tested.

Thirty-five, right handed males participated in the study. A divided visual field technique with different presentation times (10ms, 120ms, 1000ms) was used.

At the conscious level, in contrast to the unconscious level, emotional words that were presented in the right visual field were processed significantly faster and better than words that were presented in the left visual field.

At the unconscious level, no strong support for either the valence- or the right hemisphere theory is found. At the conscious level, however, normal language processing is the most dominant process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-227
Number of pages1
JournalInternational Journal of Psychology
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2008

Bibliographical note

Claudia Dalbert


  • Emotional words
  • Conscious
  • Unconscious
  • Processing


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