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ERIC Number: EJ1043529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1092-4388
The Filtered Words Test and the Influence of Lexicality
Arnott, Wendy; Goli, Tara; Bradley, Andrew; Smith, Andrew; Wilson, Wayne
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v57 n5 1722-1730 Oct 2014
Purpose: In the present study, the authors aimed to investigate the language confounds of filtered words tests by examining the repetition of real words versus nonsense words as a function of level of filtering. Method: Fifty-five young, native-English-speaking women with normal hearing were required to repeat 80 real-word and 80 nonsense-word monosyllables that were matched for phonemic content and low-pass filtered. Thirty participants were tested using a harsher filter range of 2000 to 500 Hz, and 25 participants were tested using a milder filter range of 3000 to 1500 Hz. Results: Paired-sample t tests compared accuracy (percentage of phonemes correct) for word and nonsense-word stimuli at each filter level. At filter levels between 3000 and 1750 Hz, performance for word stimuli was significantly better than for nonsense-word stimuli. Conversely, at filter levels between 500 and 1250 Hz, performance was significantly better for nonsense words. Conclusions: The linguistic content of real-word stimuli benefits performance on low-pass filtered speech tests at filter levels above 1500 Hz. Caution must be taken when using real-word stimuli in low-pass filtered speech tests as part of an auditory processing diagnostic test battery, because language ability will impact on performance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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