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Lexical processing while deciding what task to perform: Reading aloud in the context of the task set paradigm

Authors
Publisher
Elsevier Inc.
Publication Date
Volume
20
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2011.08.006
Keywords
  • Reading Aloud
  • Word Frequency
  • Task Cuing
  • Parallel Processing

Abstract

Abstract The results of two experiments provide the first direct demonstration that subjects can process a word lexically despite concurrently being engaged in decoding a task cue telling them which of two tasks to perform. These results, taken together with others, point to qualitative differences between the mind‘s ability to engage in lexical versus sublexical processing during the time they are engaged with other tasks. The emerging picture is one in which some form of resource(s) plays little role during lexical processing whereas the need for some form of resource(s) during sublexical processing serves to bottleneck performance.

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