Vicissitudes of a misnomer: Reply to Dalgleish (2005).

Eran Chajut, Shlomo Lev, Daniel Algom

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The Stroop effect is psychology's classic measure gauging the selectivity of attention to individual attributes of complex stimuli. The emotional Stroop effect gauges the influence on behavior of threat and emotional stimuli. The former taps central/executive processes abstracted from particular stimulus contexts, whereas the latter taps automatic processes inextricably linked to particular stimuli in the environment. T. Dalgleish (see record [rid]2005-14939-009[/rid]) raised concerns about the data and theory that support the separateness of the 2 effects (D. Algom, E. Chajut, & S. Lev, see record [rid]2004-17825-001[/rid]). The present reply shows that Dalgleish's objections are unwarranted and that the term emotional Stroop effect blurs the deep conceptual divide separating the 2 phenomena. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)592-595
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: General
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2005


  • Emotional Content
  • Lexical Decision
  • Naming
  • Stroop Effect
  • Visual Perception
  • Cognitive Processing Speed
  • Color Perception
  • Reading
  • Stimulus Salience
  • Words (Phonetic Units)


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