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ERIC Number: EJ1087860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0141-0423
Age of Acquisition and Imageability: A Cross-Task Comparison
Ploetz, Danielle M.; Yates, Mark
Journal of Research in Reading, v39 n1 p37-49 Feb 2016
Previous research has reported an imageability effect on visual word recognition. Words that are high in imageability are recognised more rapidly than are those lower in imageability. However, later researchers argued that imageability was confounded with age of acquisition. In the current research, these two factors were manipulated in a factorial design to assess their effect in a lexical decision task and a progressive demasking task. Across both tasks, there was a clear and robust effect of age of acquisition. In contrast, the imageability effect was only evident in the progressive demasking task. Both effects are explained within the connectionist framework in terms of network plasticity and semantic feedback activation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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