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    Derived Stimulus Relations, Semantic Priming, and Event-Related Potentials: Testing a Behavioral Theory of Semantic Networks


    Barnes-Holmes, Dermot and Staunton, Carmel and Whelan, Robert and Barnes-Holmes, Yvonne and Commins, Sean and Walsh, Derek and Stewart, Ian and Smeets, Paul M. and Dymond, Simon (2005) Derived Stimulus Relations, Semantic Priming, and Event-Related Potentials: Testing a Behavioral Theory of Semantic Networks. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 84 (3). pp. 417-433. ISSN 0022-5002

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    Abstract

    Derived equivalence relations, it has been argued, provide a behavioral model of semantic or symbolic meaning in natural language, and thus equivalence relations should possess properties that are typically associated with semantic relations. The present study sought to test this basic postulate using semantic priming. Across three experiments, participants were trained and tested in two 4-member equivalence relations using word-like nonsense words. Participants also were exposed to a single- or two-word lexical decision task, and both direct (Experiment 1) and mediated (Experiments 2 and 3) priming effects for reaction times and event-related potentials were observed within but not across equivalence relations. The findings support the argument that derived equivalence relations provides a useful preliminary model of semantic relations.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: derived equivalence relations; semantic priming; event-related potentials; humans; adults;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 10703
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1901/jeab.2005.78-04
    Depositing User: Dr. Sean Commins
    Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2019 14:27
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
    Publisher: Society for Experimental Behavior
    Refereed: Yes
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