Core Semantic Links or Lexical Associations: Assessing the Nature of Responses in Word Association Tasks

@article{Vivas2019CoreSL,
  title={Core Semantic Links or Lexical Associations: Assessing the Nature of Responses in Word Association Tasks},
  author={Leticia Vivas and Laura Mar{\'i}a Victoria Manoiloff and Adolfo M. Garc{\'i}a and Francisco A. Lizarralde and Jorge J. Couto Vivas},
  journal={Journal of Psycholinguistic Research},
  year={2019},
  volume={48},
  pages={243-256}
}
AbstractThe processes tapped by the widely-used word association (WA) paradigm remain a matter of debate: while some authors consider them as driven by lexical co-occurrences, others emphasize the role of meaning-based connections. To test these contrastive hypotheses, we analyzed responses in a WA task in terms of their normative defining features (those describing the object denoted by the cue word). Results indicate that 72.5% of the responses had medium-to-high coincidence with such… CONTINUE READING
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