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Exploring a neural-network account of age-of-acquisition effects using repetition priming of faces

Lewis, Michael Bevan, Chadwick, Andrea J. and Ellis, Hadyn D. 2002. Exploring a neural-network account of age-of-acquisition effects using repetition priming of faces. Memory & Cognition 30 (8) , pp. 1228-1237. 10.3758/BF03213405

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The question of whether age-of-acquisition(AoA), frequency, and repetition priming effects occur at a common stage or at different stages of processing is addressed. Two single-stage accounts (i.e., cumulative frequency and a neural-network simulation) are considered in regard to their predictions concerning the interactions between AoA and frequencywith aging and priming effects.A repetition-priming face-classification task was conducted on both older and younger participants to test these predictions. Consistent with the predictions of the neural-network simulation, AoA had an effect on reaction times that could not be explained by cumulative frequency alone. Also, as predicted by the simulation, the size of the priming effect was determined by the cumulative frequency of the item. It is discussed how this evidence is supportive of the notion that AoA, frequency, and priming all have effects at a common and single stage during face processing.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0090-502X
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:16

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