Title

English semantic word-pair norms and a searchable Web portal for experimental stimulus creation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Abstract

As researchers explore the complexity of memory and language hierarchies, the need to expand normed stimulus databases is growing. Therefore, we present 1,808 words, paired with their features and concept-concept information, that were collected using previously established norming methods (McRae, Cree, Seidenberg, & McNorgan Behavior Research Methods 37:547-559, 2005). This database supplements existing stimuli and complements the Semantic Priming Project (Hutchison, Balota, Cortese, Neely, Niemeyer, Bengson, & Cohen-Shikora 2010). The data set includes many types of words (including nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.), expanding on previous collections of nouns and verbs (Vinson & Vigliocco Journal of Neurolinguistics 15:317-351, 2008). We describe the relation between our and other semantic norms, as well as giving a short review of word-pair norms. The stimuli are provided in conjunction with a searchable Web portal that allows researchers to create a set of experimental stimuli without prior programming knowledge. When researchers use this new database in tandem with previous norming efforts, precise stimuli sets can be created for future research endeavors.

Recommended Citation

Buchanan, Erin M., Jessica L. Holmes, Marilee L. Teasley, and Keith A. Hutchison. "English semantic word-pair norms and a searchable Web portal for experimental stimulus creation." Behavior research methods 45, no. 3 (2013): 746-757.

DOI for the article

10.3758/s13428-012-0284-z

Department

Psychology

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