Document Type

Article

Publication Date

January 2015

Publication Title

THE QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Abstract

To examine megastudy context effects, 585 critical words, each with a different orthographic rime, wereplaced at the beginning or end of a 2614-word megastudy of reading aloud. Sixty participants (30 participantsin each condition) responded to these words. Specific predictors examined for change betweenbeginning and end conditions were frequency, length, feedforward rime consistency, feedforward onsetconsistency, orthographic neighbourhood size, age of acquisition (AoA), and imageability. While it tooklonger to respond to items at the end of the experiment than items at the beginning of the experiment,there was very little change in the effects of the specific variables assessed. Thus, there is little evidence oflist context effects influencing the estimates of the predictor variables in large-scale megastudies.

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