2001 年 19 巻 2 号 p. 93-99
This study examined whether lexical knowledge affects on letter migration with Japanese Kana words. The participants were presented with two brief masked "source" words (e.g., いすりか) each made up of two components (letters), followed by a "probe" word (e.g., いか). The probe word in the critical trial was a blend of two letters, one each from the two source words. The stimuli were also prepared with numeric consisting of two digits (e.g., source: 13 96, probe: 16). The task of participants was to decide whether the probe was one of the source stimuli. The results indicated that the probability of a false recognition was higher for Kana words than for numeric when components in the probe maintained the position they took in the source items (local consistent). This suggests that not only positional consistency of word-components but also lexical knowledge affects the letter migration.