Within- and Between-Language Priming Differ: Evidence from Repetition of Pictures in Spanish-English Bilinguals

Arturo E. Hernandez, Iliana - Reyes

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Abstract

In the current study, the authors used an immediate repetition paradigm with pictures to observe whether repetition enhances word production in bilinguals. In Experiment 1, participants were asked to name pictures that were named previously in the same language (Spanish-Spanish or English-English) or in the opposite language (Spanish-English or English-Spanish). Results revealed a repetition effect both within languages and between languages. Furthermore, there was an asymmetry within language, with repetition priming being larger in Spanish than in English. Experiments 2 and 3 revealed that lag interacted with language for both within- and between-language priming. However, lag resulted in a decrease in the asymmetry for within- but not between-language priming. The results are consistent with the view that within- and between-language repetition priming are mediated by different mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)726-734
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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