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Visual and auditory perceptual strength norms for 3,596 French nouns and their relationship with other psycholinguistic variables

Authors
  • Chedid, Georges1, 2
  • Brambati, Simona Maria1, 2
  • Bedetti, Christophe2
  • Rey, Amandine E.3
  • Wilson, Maximilliano A.4
  • Vallet, Guillaume T.1, 2, 5
  • 1 University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada , Montreal (Canada)
  • 2 Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada , Montreal (Canada)
  • 3 Université Lyon 2, Lyon, France , Lyon (France)
  • 4 Université Laval, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada , Quebec City (Canada)
  • 5 Université Clermont Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France , Clermont-Ferrand (France)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Behavior Research Methods
Publisher
Springer - Psychonomic Society
Publication Date
Apr 23, 2019
Volume
51
Issue
5
Pages
2094–2105
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3758/s13428-019-01254-w
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Perceptual experience plays a critical role in the conceptual representation of words. Higher levels of semantic variables such as imageability, concreteness, and sensory experience are generally associated with faster and more accurate word processing. Nevertheless, these variables tend to be assessed mostly on the basis of visual experience. This underestimates the potential contributions of other perceptual modalities. Accordingly, recent evidence has stressed the importance of providing modality-specific perceptual strength norms. In the present study, we developed French Canadian norms of visual and auditory perceptual strength (i.e., the modalities that have major impact on word processing) for 3,596 nouns. We then explored the relationship between these newly developed variables and other lexical, orthographic, and semantic variables. Finally, we demonstrated the contributions of visual and auditory perceptual strength ratings to visual word processing beyond those of other semantic variables related to perceptual experience (e.g., concreteness, imageability, and sensory experience ratings). The ratings developed in this study are a meaningful contribution toward the implementation of new studies that will shed further light on the interaction between linguistic, semantic, and perceptual systems.

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