Cognitive Science Program: Processes in the Resolution of Ambiguous Words: Towards a Model of Selective Inhibition.
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OREGON UNIV EUGENE DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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An experiment using a lixical decision paradigm is reported investigating the role of specific inhibitory processes in lexical ambuity resolution. An attentional view of inhibition and a view based on specific automatic inhibition between nodes predict different results when a neutral item is processed between an ambiguous word and a related target. The results suggest inhibitory processes, but they do not rule out the role of attention in the overall process of resolving ambiguous word meanings. A tentative model of selective inhibitory processes is discussed in relation to these experiments.