Two-stage models of visual world identification, masked suffix priming and position-specific coding

Hello world! Great news here, two of my recent papers were accepted for publication! They both come from my immensely precious collaboration with Kathy Rastle at Royal Holloway, and also feature the ERP magicians Aureliu Lavric and Heike Elchlepp at Exeter, and the great Colin Davis at Bristol.

One paper will appear in Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, and describes evidence for masked suffix priming in English, thus reinforcing the idea that affixes play a fundamental part in complex word identification, along with stems. It’s the first evidence for suffix priming in English, joining data provided in Spanish by Jon Andoni Duñabeitia and the Manolos, Perea and Carreiras. We took advantage of this effect to provide a new test for position specificity in suffix coding. Indeed, masked suffix priming didn’t hold cross-positionally, thus suggesting again position-constrained coding for affixes. You can download a post-print of this paper here.

The second paper will appear in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, and reports on ERP evidence showing different time courses for irregular and regular masked priming.  On the one hand, this informs the long-lasting debate between words-and-rules and parallel-processing approaches to inflectional morphology.  On the other hand, it proves true two, quite stringent predictions of Kathy’s and my model for visual word identification, which propose the existence of two separate and serially arranged levels where morphological ties are coded. A post-print version is also available for this paper here.

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