The interaction between schizotypy and latent inhibition: Modulation by experimental parameters

Ilse Höfer, Vera Della Casa, Joram Feldon*

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Two recent experiments () yielded the typical reduced latent inhibition (LI) in high vs low schizotypy subjects after a slow, irregularly presented masking task (Stroop task), and reduced LI in low vs high schizotypy subjects after a fast, regularly presented masking task. The present experiment was aimed at testing whether speed or regularity was responsible for the different results. The present slow, regular experiment replicated the results of the former slow, irregular experiment, i.e. reduced LI in high schizotypals and significant LI in low schizotypals, indicating that speed and not regularity is the critical experimental variable. The modulation of the schizotypy - latent inhibition relationship can be attributed to differences in attentional resources or the time available to process the to-be-target stimuli during preexposure, in accordance with the hypothesis of that automatic processing of these stimuli is critical for the development of latent inhibition in adult humans. In addition, results on Stroop and negative priming effects are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1075-1088
Number of pages14
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jun 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Attention
  • Latent inhibition
  • Negative priming
  • Schizotypy
  • Stroop effect


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