Word priming and interference paradigms

Zeshu Shao, Antje S Meyer

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In word priming and interference studies, researchers typically present participants with pairs of words (called primes and targets) and assess how the processing of the targets (e.g. "nurse") is affected by different types of primes (e.g., semantically related and unrelated primes, such as "doctor" and "spoon"). Priming and interference paradigms have been used to study a broad range of issues concerning the structure of the mental lexicon and the ways linguistic representations are accessed during word comprehension and production. In this chapter, we illustrate the use of the paradigms in two exemplary studies, and then discuss the factors researchers need to take into account when selecting their stimuli, designing their experiments, and analyzing the results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Methods in Psycholinguistics and the Neurobiology of Language: A Practical Guide
EditorsAnnette M B De Grooot, Peter Hagoort
Place of PublicationHoboken, NJ
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-119-10987-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-119-10984-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


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