Intuitive (in)coherence judgments are guided by processing fluency, mood and affect

Joanna Sweklej , Robert Balas , Grzegorz Pochwatko , Małgorzata Godlewska


Recently proposed accounts of intuitive judgments of semantic coherence assume that processing fluency results in a positive affective response leading to successful assessment of semantic coherence. The present paper investigates whether processing fluency may indicate semantic incoherence as well. In two studies, we employ a new paradigm in which participants have to detect an incoherent item among semantically coherent words. In Study 1, we show participants accurately indicating an incoherent item despite not being able to provide an accurate solution to coherent words. Further, this effect is modified by affective valence of solution words that are not retrieved from memory. Study 2 replicates those results and extend them by showing that mood moderates incoherence judgments independently of affective valence of solutions. The results support processing fluency account of intuitive semantic coherence judgments and show that it is not fluency per se but fluency variations that drive judgments.
Author Joanna Sweklej (Wydział Psychologii)
Joanna Sweklej,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Robert Balas
Robert Balas,,
, Grzegorz Pochwatko
Grzegorz Pochwatko,,
, Małgorzata Godlewska (Wydział Psychologii)
Małgorzata Godlewska,,
- Wydział Psychologii
Journal seriesPsychological Research-Psychologische Forschung, ISSN 0340-0727, (A 25 pkt)
Issue year2014
Publication size in sheets0.5
ASJC Classification1201 Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous); 3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology; 3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology; 2700 General Medicine
Languageen angielski
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