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Norms of conceptual familiarity for 3,596 French nouns and their contribution in lexical decision.

Authors
  • Chedid, Georges1, 2
  • Wilson, Maximilliano A3
  • Bedetti, Christophe2
  • Rey, Amandine E4
  • Vallet, Guillaume T1, 2, 5
  • Brambati, Simona Maria6, 7
  • 1 Department of Psychology, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 2 Centre de Recherche, Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal, 4545 Queen Mary Road, Suite M5827, Montreal, Quebec, H3W 1W5, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 3 Centre de Recherche CERVO et Département de réadaptation, Université Laval, Québec, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 4 Laboratoire d'Étude des Mécanismes Cognitifs, Université Lyon 2, Lyon, France. , (France)
  • 5 Laboratoire de Psychologie Sociale et Cognitive, CNRS, Université Clermont Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France. , (France)
  • 6 Department of Psychology, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. [email protected] , (Canada)
  • 7 Centre de Recherche, Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal, 4545 Queen Mary Road, Suite M5827, Montreal, Quebec, H3W 1W5, Canada. [email protected] , (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Behavior Research Methods
Publisher
Springer - Psychonomic Society
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2019
Volume
51
Issue
5
Pages
2238–2247
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3758/s13428-018-1106-8
PMID: 30128888
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In the last decade, research has shown that word processing is influenced by the lexical and semantic features of words. However, norms for a crucial semantic variable-that is, conceptual familiarity-have not been available for a sizeable French database. We thus developed French Canadian conceptual familiarity norms for 3,596 nouns. This enriches Desrochers and Thompson's (2009) database, in which subjective frequency and imageability values are already available for the same words. We collected online data from 313 Canadian French speakers. The full database of conceptual familiarity ratings is freely available at http://lingualab.ca/fr/projets/normes-de-familiarite-conceptuelle . We then demonstrated the utility of these new conceptual familiarity norms by assessing their contribution to lexical decision times. We conducted a stepwise regression model with conceptual familiarity in the last step. This allowed us to assess the independent contribution of conceptual familiarity beyond the contributions of other well-known psycholinguistic variables, such as frequency, imageability, and age of acquisition. The results showed that conceptual familiarity facilitated lexical decision latencies. In sum, these ratings will help researchers select French stimuli for experiments in which conceptual familiarity must be taken into account.

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