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The effect of meaning frequency on processing lexically ambiguous words: evidence from eye fixations

Sereno, S.C., Pacht, J.M., and Rayner, K. (1992) The effect of meaning frequency on processing lexically ambiguous words: evidence from eye fixations. Psychological Science, 3 (5). pp. 296-300. ISSN 0956-7976 (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9280.1992.tb00676.x)

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Abstract

Subjects read sentences containing lexically ambiguous words while their eye movements were monitored Biased ambiguous words (those that have one highly dominant sense) were used m sentences containing a prior context that instantiated their subordinate sense Control words were matched m frequency both to the dominant and to the subordinate meaning of the ambiguous word (high- and low-frequency controls) Subjects fixated longer on both the ambiguous word and the low-frequence control than on the high-frequency control When the target was ambiguous, however, the duration of posttarget fixations was longer and the likelihood of making a regression to the target was greater than when the target was an unambiguous control The results are discussed m relation to current models of lexical ambiguity resolution

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sereno, Dr Sara
Authors: Sereno, S.C., Pacht, J.M., and Rayner, K.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology > Cognitive Neuroimaging and Neuroengineering Technologies
College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Psychological Science
ISSN:0956-7976
ISSN (Online):1467-9280
Published Online:7 April 2006

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