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Academic Report: An Associative Account of Orthographic Satiation in Chinese Characters
Update time: 2016/10/20
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Speaker: YUAN Jie

Time13:30-14:30 (Tue), October 25, 2016

Venue: Meeting Room Level 5, South Building

Host: DU Yingchun

Prolonged inspection of a Chinese character induces a feeling of uncertainty of the character, a phenomenon named as Orthographic Satiation. However, there has not been direct evidence showing that such satiation does occur at the orthographic level. To investigate whether Chinese satiation occurs at the orthographic level or at other levels, the present study applies a speeded repetition priming paradigm to Chinese, which has been successfully used to examine Semantic Satiation in English. When judging whether a category name matched an exemplar word, participants showed gradually slower responses as the character standing for the category name was repeated, indicating the occurrence of satiation. However, repetition of a character without accessing its meaning, or repeated access to its meaning without repeating the character itself, did not elicit satiation. The results suggest Orthographic Satiation occurs not at the orthographic level, but at a level associating orthography and meaning during Chinese character reading. In future, we will try to investigate Orthographic Satiation in our unconscious mind.

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