The Bristol norms for age of acquisition, imageability, and familiarity

H Stadthagen-Gonzalez, CJ Davis

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Abstract

Ratings of age of acquisition (AoA), imageability, and familiarity were collected for 1,526 words. The methodology made use of a modular approach, in which the full sample of words was divided into five separate blocks. Within each block, each word was rated on each of the three variables by 20 participants (undergraduate students from the University of Bristol). Analyses comparing these ratings to existing norm databases demonstrated that this methodology resulted in high reliability (assessed by Cronbach's α) and validity. The ratings were also transformed to be compatible with the Gilhooly and Logie (1980) norms. This transformation resulted in a set of norms for 3,394 words, which is by far the largest database of ratings for AoA, imageability, and familiarity to date. The resulting database should be useful for researchers interested in manipulating or controlling these factors in word recognition, neuropsychological, or memory studies. These norms can be downloaded from language.psy.bris.ac.uk/bristol_norms.html.
Translated title of the contributionThe Bristol norms for age of acquisition, imageability, and familiarity
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)598 - 605
Number of pages8
JournalBehavior Research Methods
Volume38 (4)
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2006

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Publisher: Psychonomic Society

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