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Manuel Perea. Can we design a masked-priming task that only relies on prelexical orthographic information?
 
Date: Oct 09, 2014

What: Can we design a masked-priming task that only relies on prelexical orthographic information?

Where: BCBL auditorium

Who: Manuel Perea, Universitat de València and BCBL.

When: 12 noon


To explore the early stages in visual-word recognition, researchers have usually employed the masked priming technique (Forster & Davis, 1984; Grainger, 2008). Given that the masked priming lexical decision task can be influenced by “high-level” processes (e.g., as demonstrated by masked translation priming: ETXE facilitates the processing of CASA in Basque-Spanish bilinguals; Duñabeitia et al., 2010), Norris and Kinoshita (2008; Kinoshita & Norris, 2009) proposed that the decisions in a masked prime, same-different task are based entirely on prelexical orthographic information. To put to test this assumption, I will present four masked translation-priming experiments that were conducted with Spanish-English bilinguals and with Japanese-English bilinguals – note that cross-script priming is larger same-script priming in lexical decision. If Norris and Kinoshita were correct, then translation priming could be obtained in the masked prime, lexical decision task, but not in the masked, same-different task.