We investigate the effects of word frequency and lexical neighbourhood density on word recall and recognition. We found a three-way interaction between memory task, the size of lexical neighbourhood of a target word, and target word frequency. In particular, performance on low frequency words with many lexical neighbours was surprisingly good in the recognition condition. The results show that the number of lexical neighbours of the target moderates the word frequency effect in recognition. Large neighbourhood size always has a facilitatory effect upon performance. The findings are contrasted with those observed in lexical access in speech production.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the Twenty-Second Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society|
|Editors||Lila R. Gleitman, Aravind K. Joshi|
|Place of Publication||Mahwah, NJ|
|Publisher||Lawrence Erlbaum Associates|
|Number of pages||6|
|ISBN (Print)||9780805838794, 0805838791|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|
|Event||22nd Annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society - Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States|
Duration: 13 Aug 2000 → 15 Aug 2000
Conference number: 22nd
|Conference||22nd Annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society|
|Period||13/08/00 → 15/08/00|
MacAndrew, S. B. G., Harley, T. A., & Colgan, S. (2000). Is lexical retrieval in speech production like recall or recognition? The effects of word frequency and neighbourhood size. In L. R. Gleitman, & A. K. Joshi (Eds.), Proceedings of the Twenty-Second Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 328-334). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.