Context effects in repetition priming are sense effects

J. Vivien Bainbridge*, Stephan Lewandowsky, Kim Kirsner

*Corresponding author for this work

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This articlereports three experiments that investigate the role ofcontext in repetition priming using a lexical decision task. The experiments show that repetition priming is either eliminated or significantly reduced if a change in context also alters the perceived sense of a nonhomographic target word. If perceived sense is not altered, a change in context is inconsequential. This points to the important role played by perceived sense in repetition priming. An explanation within a sense-specific activation framework is proposed in preference to a modified processing view.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-626
Number of pages8
JournalMemory and Cognition
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1993

Structured keywords

  • Memory


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