Masking Text: The Stroop Task

Wylie Brace Hanover College, Sydney Ganote Hanover College
Faculty Sponsor(s): John Krantz Hanover College
Many researchers identify the cause of Stroop Interference as an individual’s ability to automatically process words at a much faster rate than an individual’s ability to process color. The purpose of this study is to explore this interference with a similar, but altered, method. Along with coloring the letters of the word with solid colors—as the standard Stroop does—our study filled the letters with common images that represented the color of the four words presented to participants (i.e. bananas represent yellow, apples represent red, blueberries represent blue, and leaves represent green). In this within-subjects design, each participant used two different input methods—color tile and word tile—and had a total of four trials each, experiencing both solid colors and images within the letters. This was done in efforts to draw the participants’ attention away from the literal word and automatically perceive the color of the word. The study’s results “were/weren’t” significant and “supporting/not-supporting” that the perception of colors is “more/less” automatic when compared to the automaticity of word recognition.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:15 AM
Pharmacy & Health Sciences 204