The role of two types of semantic information in the processing of false sentences

Robert F. Lorch

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This research examined the verification of false sentences of the form "All S are P" (e.g., "All jaguars are tigers" or "All birds are chickens"). It was found that the more properties the subject- and predicate-concept of the sentence shared, the slower subjects were to respond; while the more accessible the subordinate/superordinate relationship between the subject and predicate, the faster subjects were to respond. These findings provide difficulties for the feature comparison model (Smith, Shoben, & Rips, 1974) and question its central assumption that only property relations are prestored in memory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-537
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1978

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Funding Information:
Some of the research reported in this paper was presented to the University of Massachusetts in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science. All of the research reported was completed while the author was supported by a National Institute of Health Experimental Traineeship, MH-1t823, In addition, the research was supported by NIH Grant, MH-25434-02, to Dr. Jerome L. Myers.

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  • General Medicine


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