Priming the Identification of Environmental Sounds

George P. Stuart, Dylan M. Jones

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Three experiments were conducted using a repetition priming paradigm: Auditory word or environmental sound stimuli were identified by subjects in a pre-test phase, which was followed by a perceptual identification task using either sounds or words in the test phase. Identification of an environmental sound was facilitated by prior presentation of the same sound, but not by prior presentation of a spoken label (Experiments 1 and 2). Similarly, spoken word identification was facilitated by previous presentation of the same word, but not when the word had been used to label an environmental sound (Experiment 1). A degree of abstraction was demonstrated in Experiment 3, which revealed a facilitation effect between similar sounds produced by the same type of source. These results are discussed in terms of the Transfer Appropriate Processing, activation, and systems approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-761
Number of pages21
JournalThe Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 1995
Externally publishedYes


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