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Frequency and Meaningfulness in Tachistoscopic Word Perception
The American Journal of Psychology
Vol. 90, No. 2 (Jun., 1977), pp. 269-280
Published by: University of Illinois Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1422049
Page Count: 12
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This study investigated the superior perceptibility of words over regular, pronounceable nonwords in tachistoscopic displays. Paradoxically, this effect was demonstrated in the absence of a word-frequency effect. The results suggest that the superior perceptibility of words in tachistoscopic displays is due to highly specific characteristics of letters as they occur in words and that lexical retrieval is not involved.
The American Journal of Psychology © 1977 University of Illinois Press