Age-of-acquisition effects in semantic processing tasks

  • Brysbaert M
  • Van Wijnendaele I
  • De Deyne S
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In two experiments, we examined whether word age-of-acquisition (AoA) is a reliable predictor of processing times in semantic tasks. In the first task, participants were asked to say the first associate that came to mind when they saw a stimulus word; the second task involved a semantic categorisation between words with a definable meaning and first names. In both tasks, there were significantly faster responses to earlier-acquired than to later-acquired words. On the basis of these results, we argue that age-of-acquisition effects do not originate solely from the speech output system, but from the semantic system as well. © 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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  • Age-of-acquisition
  • Semantic processing
  • Visual word recognition
  • Word frequency

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