semantic categorisation and movement

Kerry Bennett kerryb at
Sun Oct 6 19:22:43 EST 1996

No they were not categorised according to profession but we did find
that we had to discard some stimuli because of cultural differences e.g.

kenneth paul collins wrote:
> Hmmm... "all [...] were highly familiar"...
> ...did you categorize your subjects by profession ("sub-culture")? ken
> Kerry Bennett wrote:
> >
> > Thank-you for this contribution
> >
> > Prior to the main experiment we tested 15 other participants for 42
> > stimuli on three perceptual features: familiarity, visual complexity,
> > and visual agreement. The pictures were all obtained from a reasonably
> > standardised set(Snodgrass and Vanderwart, 1980). From these 42 we
> > selected 30 which were comparable across these three features; that is,
> > all (irrespective of category) were highly familiar, not very complex
> > and agreed with the mental representation of the object.
> >
> > One contributor who contacted us privately via email has suggested to
> > look at 'hardness' vs 'softness', and aspects of linear composition of
> > the stimuli. This same contributor has also suggested using words to
> > tease out whether it is a semantic effect or a perceptual effect.__________________________________________________
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