Test of Response Bias Explanation of Word-Frequency Effect

Science  27 Jan 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3448, pp. 280-281
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3448.280


Observers identified monosyllabic words presented in noise. It was found that controlling response bias eliminates the word-frequency effect. However, the magnitude of the word-frequency effect was greater than that predicted by a mathematical model denying stimulus words any role in producing the word-frequency effect.