Judgments of duration, figure-ground contrast, and size for words and nonwords

Reber, Rolf; Zimmermann, Thomas D.; Wurtz, Pascal (2004). Judgments of duration, figure-ground contrast, and size for words and nonwords. Perception and psychophysics, 66(7), pp. 1105-1114. Austin, Tex.: Psychonomic Journals 10.3758/BF03196839

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Does the word-superiority effect on letter discrimination result in a word-superiority effect on duration judgments? We examined this question in five experiments. In the first four experiments, we have demonstrated that (1) words shown for 32-80 msec were judged as presented longer than non-words shown for the same duration; (2) this word-superiority effect persists if the stimuli are shown for an objective duration of up to 250 msec; and (3) these effects can be extended to judgments of figure-ground contrast and letter size. These findings extend existing data on effects of processing fluency on perceptual judgments. In Experiment 5, we found that duration judgments were higher for words than for pronounceable nonwords, and duration judgments were higher for pronounceable non-words than for nonpronounceable nonwords. We discuss the implications of this finding for the discrepancy-attribution hypothesis.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > UPD Murtenstrasse

UniBE Contributor:

Wurtz, Pascal

ISSN:

0031-5117

Publisher:

Psychonomic Journals

Language:

English

Submitter:

Pascal Wurtz

Date Deposited:

04 Mar 2014 20:38

Last Modified:

20 Dec 2014 15:41

Publisher DOI:

10.3758/BF03196839

PubMed ID:

15751469

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.38936

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/38936

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