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Unconscious effects of language-specific terminology on preattentive color perception

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Unconscious effects of language-specific terminology on preattentive color perception. / Thierry, Guillaume; Athanasopoulos, Panos; Wiggett, Alison; Dering, Benjamin; Kuipers, Jan-Rouke.

In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 106, No. 11, 17.03.2009, p. 4567-4570.

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Thierry, G, Athanasopoulos, P, Wiggett, A, Dering, B & Kuipers, J-R 2009, 'Unconscious effects of language-specific terminology on preattentive color perception', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 106, no. 11, pp. 4567-4570. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0811155106

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Thierry, G., Athanasopoulos, P., Wiggett, A., Dering, B., & Kuipers, J-R. (2009). Unconscious effects of language-specific terminology on preattentive color perception. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106(11), 4567-4570. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0811155106

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Thierry G, Athanasopoulos P, Wiggett A, Dering B, Kuipers J-R. Unconscious effects of language-specific terminology on preattentive color perception. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2009 Mar 17;106(11):4567-4570. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0811155106

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Thierry, Guillaume ; Athanasopoulos, Panos ; Wiggett, Alison ; Dering, Benjamin ; Kuipers, Jan-Rouke. / Unconscious effects of language-specific terminology on preattentive color perception. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2009 ; Vol. 106, No. 11. pp. 4567-4570.

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