Hearing Taboo Words Can Result in Early Talker Effects in Word Recognition for Female Listeners
Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
© Experimental Psychology Society 2017. Previous spoken word recognition research using the long-term repetition-priming paradigm found performance costs for stimuli mismatching in talker identity. That is, when words were repeated across the two blocks, and the identity of the talker changed reaction times (RTs) were slower than when the repeated words were spoken by the same talker. Such performance costs, or talker effects, followed a time course, occurring only when processing was relatively slow. More recent research suggests that increased explicit and implicit attention towards the talkers can result in talker effects even during relatively fast processing. The purpose of the current study was to examine whether word meaning would influence the pattern of talker effects in an easy lexical decision task and, if so, whether results would differ depending on whether the presentation of neutral and taboo words was mixed or blocked. Regardless of presentation, participants responded to taboo words faster than neutral words. Furthermore, talker effects for the female talker emerged when participants heard both taboo and neutral words (consistent with an attention-based hypothesis), but not for participants that heard only taboo or only neutral words (consistent with the time-course hypothesis). These findings have important implications for theoretical models of spoken word recognition.
Tuft, Samantha E.; McLennan, Conor T.; and Krestar, Maura L., "Hearing Taboo Words Can Result in Early Talker Effects in Word Recognition for Female Listeners" (2018). Psychology Faculty Publications. 45.