This research was funded by NIH grants HD043251 and HD25889. We thank two anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments and suggestions.
When beef primes reef more than leaf: Orthographic information affects phonological priming in spoken word recognition
Article first published online: 6 APR 2009
Copyright © 2009 Society for Psychophysiological Research
Volume 46, Issue 4, pages 739–746, July 2009
How to Cite
Perre, L., Midgley, K. and Ziegler, J. C. (2009), When beef primes reef more than leaf: Orthographic information affects phonological priming in spoken word recognition. Psychophysiology, 46: 739–746. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2009.00813.x
- Issue published online: 9 JUN 2009
- Article first published online: 6 APR 2009
- (Received March 12, 2008; Accepted September 14, 2008)
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This study was designed to investigate orthographic effects on spoken word recognition by combining the priming paradigm with a measure of event-related brain potentials (ERPs). Primes and targets either shared both orthography and phonology of the rhyme (beef-reef) or they shared rhyme phonology only (leaf-reef). The two “related” conditions were compared against an “unrelated” condition (sick-reef). The results revealed a significant orthographic priming effect that was present on the early part of the N400 and that occurred as early as the phonological priming effect itself. Importantly, phonological and orthographic priming effects had different topographic distributions: The phonological priming effect was localized over centro-posterior regions, whereas the orthographic priming effect was more anterior. These results support a theory according to which orthographic information is coactivated online in spoken word recognition.