Revisiting the picture-superiority effect in symbolic comparisons: do pictures provide privileged access?

@article{Amrhein2002RevisitingTP,
  title={Revisiting the picture-superiority effect in symbolic comparisons: do pictures provide privileged access?},
  author={Paul C. Amrhein and Mark A. McDaniel and Paula Waddill},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  year={2002},
  volume={28 5},
  pages={843-57}
}
In 4 experiments, symbolic comparisons were investigated to test semantic-memory retrieval accounts espousing processing advantages for picture over word stimuli. In Experiment 1, participants judged pairs of animal names or pictures by responding to questions probing concrete or abstract attributes (texture or size, ferocity or intelligence). Per pair, attributes were salient or nonsalient concerning their prerated relevance to animals being compared. Distance (near or far) between attribute… CONTINUE READING
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