I. Lexical and Object Decisions. II. Syntactic Disambiguation of Homographs
Scientific interim rept. 1 Oct-31 Dec 1978
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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Two sets of experiments are reported. In Part I, tests of speed of identification indicated that pictures and words can identified equally fast, but a mixture of the two increases the difficulty of responding, especially to pictures. In Part II, the speeded selection of one pronunciation of an ambiguous word was influenced by a brief priming word that indicated the syntax noun or verb of the target word. The effectiveness of the selective prime was reduced when it was sometimes misleading, showing that its influence was not wholly automatic.