Name-picture verification as a control measure for object naming: A task analysis and norms for a large set of pictures

Hans Stadthagen-Gonzalez, Markus F. Damian, Miguel A. Perez, Jeffrey S. Bowers, Javier Marin

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The name-picture verification task is widely used in spoken production studies to control for nonlexical differences between picture sets. In this task a word is presented first and followed, after a pause, by a picture. Participants must then make a speeded decision on whether both word and picture refer to the same object. Using regression analyses, we systematically explored the characteristics of this task by assessing the independent contribution of a series of factors that have been found relevant for picture naming in previous studies. We found that, for omatcho responses, both visual and conceptual factors played a role, but lexical variables were not significant contributors. No clear pattern emerged from the analysis of ono-matcho responses. We interpret these results as validating the use of omatcho latencies as control variables in studies or spoken production using picture naming. Norms for match and no-match responses for 396 line drawings taken from Cycowicz, Friedman, Rothstein, and Snodgrass (1997) can be downloaded at:

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1581-1597
Number of pages17
JournalQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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