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ERIC Number: EJ865289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
Word Misperception, the Neighbor Frequency Effect, and the Role of Sentence Context: Evidence from Eye Movements
Slattery, Timothy J.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v35 n6 p1969-1975 Dec 2009
An eye movement experiment was conducted to investigate whether the processing of a word can be affected by its higher frequency neighbor (HFN). Target words with an HFN (birch) or without one (spruce) were embedded into 2 types of sentence frames: 1 in which the HFN (birth) could fit given the prior sentence context, and 1 in which it could not. The results suggest that words can be misperceived as their HFN, and that top-down information from sentence context strongly modulates this effect. Implications for models of word recognition and eye movements during reading are discussed. (Contains 7 footnotes and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts