Resolving 20 years of inconsistent interactions between lexical familiarity and orthography, concreteness, and polysemy.

@article{Gernsbacher1984Resolving2Y,
  title={Resolving 20 years of inconsistent interactions between lexical familiarity and orthography, concreteness, and polysemy.},
  author={Morton Ann Gernsbacher},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. General},
  year={1984},
  volume={113 2},
  pages={256-81}
}
Numerous word recognition studies conducted over the past 2 decades are examined. These studies manipulated lexical familiarity by presenting words of high versus low printed frequency and most reported an interaction between printed frequency and one of several second variables, namely, orthographic regularity, semantic concreteness, or polysemy. However, the direction of these interactions was inconsistent from study to study. Six new experiments clarify these discordant results. The first… CONTINUE READING
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