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ERIC Number: EJ896330
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
Embedded Words in Visual Word Recognition: Does the Left Hemisphere See the Rain in Brain?
McCormick, Samantha F.; Davis, Colin J.; Brysbaert, Marc
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v36 n5 p1256-1266 Sep 2010
To examine whether interhemispheric transfer during foveal word recognition entails a discontinuity between the information presented to the left and right of fixation, we presented target words in such a way that participants fixated immediately left or right of an embedded word (as in "gr*apple", "bull*et") or in the middle of an embedded word ("grapp*le", "bu*llet"). Categorization responses to target words were faster and more accurate in a congruent condition (in which the embedded word was associated with the same response; e.g., Does "bullet" refer to an item of clothing?) than in an incongruent condition (e.g., Does "bullet" refer to a type of animal?). However, the magnitude of this effect did not vary as a function of position of fixation, relative to the embedded word, as might be expected if information from the 2 visual fields was initially split over the cerebral hemispheres and integrated only late in the word identification process. Equivalent results were observed in Experiment 1 (long stimulus duration) and Experiment 2 (in which stimulus duration was 200 ms; i.e., less than the time required to initiate a refixation). (Contains 5 tables, 1 figure, and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)