Feature overlap slows lexical selection: evidence from the picture-word interference paradigm

Vieth, H. E., McMahon, K. L. and de Zubicaray, G. I. (2014) Feature overlap slows lexical selection: evidence from the picture-word interference paradigm. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67 12: 2325-2339. doi:10.1080/17470218.2014.923922

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Author Vieth, H. E.
McMahon, K. L.
de Zubicaray, G. I.
Title Feature overlap slows lexical selection: evidence from the picture-word interference paradigm
Journal name The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1747-0218
Publication date 2014-05-16
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17470218.2014.923922
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 67
Issue 12
Start page 2325
End page 2339
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
How does the presence of a categorically related word influence picture naming latencies? In order to test competitive and non-competitive accounts of lexical selection in spoken word production, we employed the picture-word interference (PWI) paradigm to investigate how conceptual feature overlap influences naming latencies when distractors are category coordinates of the target picture. Mahon et al. (2007) reported that semantically close distractors (e.g., zebra) facilitated target picture naming latencies (e.g., HORSE) compared to far distractors (e.g., whale). We failed to replicate a facilitation effect for within-category close vs. far target-distractor pairings using near-identical materials based on feature production norms, instead obtaining reliably larger interference effects (Experiments 1 & 2). The interference effect did not show a monotonic increase across multiple levels of within-category semantic distance, although there was evidence of a linear trend when unrelated distractors were included in analyses (Experiment 2). Our results show that semantic interference in PWI is greater for semantically close vs. far category coordinate relations, reflecting the extent of conceptual feature overlap between target and distractor. These findings are consistent with the assumptions of prominent competitive lexical selection models of speech production.
Keyword Lexical access
Semantic interference
Semantic distance
Picture naming
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID DP1092619
Institutional Status UQ

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