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Automatic Semantic Processing in a Picture-Word Interference Task

Richard R. Rosinski, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Karen S. Kukish
Child Development
Vol. 46, No. 1 (Mar., 1975), pp. 247-253
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1128859
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1128859
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

While semantic development has been alleged to proceed slowly, reading instruction begins early in the child's school career. Yet to date, little research has been addressed to understanding how beginning readers extract meaning from the printed word. This paper reports 2 experiments which measured latencies in a picture-word interference task to assess semantic processing. Results suggest that picture-word interference is partly semantically based and that children and adults experience an equivalent amount of semantic interference. The results are interpreted as indicating that even by the second grade, children are sensitive to the meaning of printed words.

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