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Frequency and Meaningfulness in Tachistoscopic Word Perception

Leon Manelis
The American Journal of Psychology
Vol. 90, No. 2 (Jun., 1977), pp. 269-280
DOI: 10.2307/1422049
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1422049
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Frequency and Meaningfulness in Tachistoscopic Word Perception
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Abstract

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.

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