Comparing word processing times in naming, lexical decision, and progressive demasking: evidence from Chronolex

Ludovic Ferrand*, Marc Brysbaert, Emmanuel Keuleers, Boris New, Patrick Bonin, Alain Meot, Maria Augustinova, Christophe Pallier

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We report performance measures for lexical decision (LD), word naming (NMG), and progressive demasking (PDM) for a large sample of monosyllabic monomorphemic French words (N= 1,482). We compare the tasks and also examine the impact of word length, word frequency, initial phoneme, orthographic and phonological distance to neighbors, age-of-acquisition, and subjective frequency. Our results show that objective word frequency is by far the most important variable to predict reaction times in LD. For word naming, it is the first phoneme. PDM was more influenced by a semantic variable (word imageability) than LD, but was also affected to a much greater extent by perceptual variables (word length, first phoneme/letters). This may reduce its usefulness as a psycholinguistic word recognition task.

Original languageEnglish
Article number306
Number of pages10
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • megastudy approach
  • cross-task comparisons
  • visual word recognition
  • word naming
  • lexical decision
  • progressive demasking
  • word processing times

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