Inhibitory neighbor priming effects in eye movements during reading

Paterson, Kevin B., Liversedge, Simon Paul orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8579-8546 and Davis, Colin J. (2009) Inhibitory neighbor priming effects in eye movements during reading. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 16 (1). pp. 43-50. ISSN 1069-9384

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We report an eye movement experiment investigating whether prior processing of a word's orthographic neighbor in a sentence influences subsequent word processing during reading. There was greater difficulty in early word processing when a target word's neighbor rather than a control word appeared earlier in a sentence; this effect was uninfluenced by the relative lexical frequency of the word and its neighbor. <br/><br/>We discuss this inhibitory neighbor priming effect in terms of competitive network models of word recognition and the process of lexical identification in the E-Z Reader model of oculomotor control (e.g., Reichle, Pollatsek, Fisher, &amp; Rayner, 1998).

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