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Perceptuo-motor effects of response-distractor compatibility in speech: beyond phonemic identity


Previous studies have found faster response times in a production task when a speaker perceives a distractor syllable that is identical to the syllable they are required to produce. No study has found such effects when a response and a distractor are not identical but share parameters below the level of the phoneme. Results from Experiment 1 show some evidence of a response-time effect of response-distractor voicing congruency. Experiment 2 showed a robust effect of articulator congruency: perceiving a distractor that has the same articulatory organ as that implicated in the planned motor response speeds up response times. These results necessitate a more direct and specific formulation of the perception-production link than warranted by previous experimental evidence. Implications for theories of speech production are also discussed.

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  1. Further details of excluded trials for both experiments and full details of the statistical analyses presented in Tables 2 and 4 can be found in the Online supplemental materials.


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This research was supported by NSF Grant 0951831 to KDR, and by ERC AdG 249440 to AIG.

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Roon, K.D., Gafos, A.I. Perceptuo-motor effects of response-distractor compatibility in speech: beyond phonemic identity. Psychon Bull Rev 22, 242–250 (2015).

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