Phonetic priming, neighborhood activation, and PARSYN

Paula Luce, Stephen Goldinger, Edward T. Auer, Michael S. Vitevitch

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Perceptual identification of spoken words in noise is less accurate when the target words are preceded by spoken phonetically related primes (Goldinger, Luce, & Pisoni, 1989). The present investigation replicated and extended this finding. Subjects shadowed target words presented in the clear that were preceded by phonetically related or unrelated primes. In addition, primes were either higher or lower in frequency than the target words. Shadowing latencies were significantly longer for target words preceded by phonetically related primes, but only when the prime-target interstimulus interval was short (50 vs. 500 msec). These results demonstrate that phonetic priming does not depend on target degradation and that it affects processing time. We further demonstrated that PARSYN - a connectionist instantiation of the neighborhood activation model - accurately simulates the observed pattern of priming.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)615-625
Number of pages11
JournalPerception and Psychophysics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems
  • General Psychology


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