Additive and interactive effects of word frequency and masked repetition in the lexical decision task

Sachiko Kinoshita*

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Abstract

In previous studies, additive effects of masked repetition and word frequency on lexical decision latency have been reported. This additive pattern was replicated in Experiment 1 with the use of low-frequency words (range, 1-7 per million) selected at random. In contrast, in Experiment 2, in which low-frequency words known to be familiar to the subjects were used, the masked repetition priming effect was greater for low-frequency than for high-frequency words. It is suggested that the absence of an interaction between masked repetition and frequency observed in previous studies and in the present Experiment 1 was due to the fact that very-low-frequency words often have an unstable representation in the subjects' lexicon and, consequently, sometimes fail to produce repetition priming effects in full.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)668-673
Number of pages6
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Volume13
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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