Modulation of lexical effects in word reading without strategic control of pathways: Evidence from tempo naming

Christopher T. Kello and David C. Plaut

Department of Psychology
Carnegie Mellon University


We examined the nature of strategic control in word reading using a novel methodology in which subjects' responses are synchronized with a visual/auditory countdown.s In three experiments, as stimulus-response interval was decreased, rates of lexical errors to regular and exception words and nonwords increased but regularization rates remained constant. We model the results by varying the "gain" parameter throughout a distributed connectionist model with a single pathway from print to sound that interacts with semantics.