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Inhibitory effects of first syllable-frequency in lexical decision: an event-related potential study.
Hutzler, F; Bergmann, J; Conrad, M; Kronbichler, M; Stenneken, P; Jacobs, AM;
Neurosci Lett. 2004; 372(3):179-184
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Bergmann Jürgen
Kronbichler Martin


Electrophysiological correlates of the behaviorally well-documented inhibitory effect of first syllable-frequency during lexical access are presented. In a lexical decision task, response times to words with high-frequency first syllables were longer than those to words with low-frequency first syllables and resulted in more negative event-related potentials (ERPs) in an early time window from 190 ms to 280 ms and in the N400 component. The onset of the observed first syllable-frequency effect was prior to the onset of the effect of lexicality (i.e., the first reliable differentiation in ERP waveforms in response to words and pseudowords, a potential marker of lexical access). The present study"s results support Barber et al."s [Neuroreport 15 (2004) 545] notion of the prelexical nature of the first syllable-frequency effect by (A) providing evidence for electrophysiological correlates of first syllable-frequency in another, non-Romance orthography (i.e., German), (B) relating the onset of the first syllable-frequency effect to the onset of the lexicality effect and (C) strengthening this pattern of results by means of a novel item-based analysis of ERP data. Implications of the prelexical nature of the inhibitory first syllable-frequency effect for computational models of reading, specifically for Ans et al."s [Psychol. Rev. 105 (1998) 678] multiple-trace memory (MTM) model of reading are discussed.

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Decision Making/physiology*


Evoked Potentials, Visual/physiology*


Frontal Lobe/physiology




Reaction Time/physiology


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Visual Perception/physiology*

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