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A general finding in these experiments revealed affective priming for emotional visual scenes: There were shorter latencies for probes when these were congruent in affective valence with a prime than when they were incongruent.
Is affective content extracted from the prime, and what kind of representation is responsible for the affective priming effect?
The hypothesis that such a nonperceptual affective representation is responsible for affective priming is also supported by prior findings that have shown transfer from primes to probes of a different nature.
The fact that Storbeck and Robinson (2004) found category priming, but not affective priming, led these authors to conclude that semantic analysis occurs before (and is probably necessary for) affective evaluation.