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A transfer analysis of the repetition effect in the lexical and ambiguity decision tasks.

Authors
  • Gorfein, D S1
  • Bubka, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Psychonomic bulletin & review
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1997
Volume
4
Issue
2
Pages
232–236
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3758/BF03209398
PMID: 21331830
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Two experiments were performed in an attempt to evaluate explanations of repetition priming-the facilitation observed when the same word is processed a second time in the same task. One task employed was lexical decision (word/nonword) and the other was ambiguity decision (ambiguous/ unambiguous). In the first experiment, transfer on a lexical decision task was measured following either a lexical decision or an ambiguity decision. When the identical lists were processed in the first phase for lexical and ambiguity decision, equal repetition effects were obtained on lexical decision. However, when the ambiguity task was presented without nonwords, no repetition priming occurred. In a second experiment, the within-task repetition effect was large for the ambiguity decision, whereas no transfer was obtained from lexical decision to ambiguity decision. The results were interpreted as being consistent with a transfer-appropriate processing account of repetition priming.

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