An electrophysiological analysis of modality-specific aspects of word repetition

Carrie A. Joyce, Ken A. Paller, Tanya J. Schwartz, Marta Kutas*

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Priming effects to words are reduced when modality changes from study to test. This change was examined here using behavioral and electrophysiological measures of priming. During the study, half of the words were presented visually and half auditorally; during a subsequent lexical decision test, all words were presented visually. Lexical decisions were faster for within- than cross-modality repetitions. In contrast, modality influenced recognition only for low-frequency words. During lexical decision, event-related brain potentials were more positive to studied than unstudied words (200-500 ms). A larger and shorter duration effect was observed for within- than cross- modality repetitions (300-400 ms). This latter effect is viewed as an electrophysiological index of modality-specific processing associated with priming. Results suggest that multiple events-both modality-specific and modality-nonspecific-underlie perceptual priming phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)655-665
Number of pages11
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1999


  • Cross-modality
  • ERP
  • Lexical decision test
  • Memory
  • Perceptual priming
  • Repetition priming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neurology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Biological Psychiatry


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