ERIC Number: ED116145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Individual Differences in Word Fusion: A Methodological Analysis. Technical Report No. 2.
Keele, Steven W.; Lyon, Don R.
This study is a preliminary investigation of the relationship between measures of individual differences in perception and the way word components fuse when words such as "lanket" and "banket," both derived from "blanket," are presented one to each ear. Thirty-six native speakers of English participated in the experiment, receiving four dollars plus a bonus for accurate performance. The present research correlated different measures of fusion in an attempt to determine the nature of the basic phenomenon. The measures of fusion included accuracy of temporal order judgments, ignoring stimuli from the left ear, and discriminating instances in which a real word occurred in both ears from instances in which the word components appeared in each ear. It was concluded that most people fused words very little when assessed by the accuracy of discriminating real words from word components. The fusion phenomenon appears not to be a true fusion that impairs discrimination of the components, that is, language appears to bias the response of certain people only. (Author/RB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene. Dept. of Psychology.