Aspects of verbal processing in relation to perceptual disembedding ability

Anna M. Longoni, Luigi Pizzamiglio

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In this study an attempt was made to extend the notion of "disembedding" from the perceptual to the verbal semantic domain. Fifty-two undergraduates were presented with the Group Embedded Figure Test (GEFT) and with seven verbal tasks. A Factor analysis made on test scores, as well as other factors, evidenced a factor that linked to gether the GEFT and one of the verbal tasks (Word groups). It is argued that both tasks require the restructuring of an organized context according to new given rules, and that disembedding is a mental operation which applies to both verbal and perceptual domains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-208
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Psycholinguistic Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Language and Linguistics


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