The mechanism of suppression: a component of general comprehension skill.

  title={The mechanism of suppression: a component of general comprehension skill.},
  author={Morton Ann Gernsbacher and Mark Faust},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  volume={17 2},
We investigated whether the cognitive mechanism of suppression underlies differences in adult comprehension skill. Less skilled comprehenders reject less efficiently the inappropriate meanings of ambiguous words (e.g., the playing card vs. garden tool meaning of spade), the incorrect forms of homophones (e.g., patients vs. patience), the highly typical but absent members of scenes (e.g., a tractor in a farm scene), and words superimposed on pictures or pictures surrounding words. However, less… CONTINUE READING
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