Processing of extrafoveal objects during multiple object naming

JL Morgan, Antje Meyer

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In 3 experiments, the authors investigated the extent to which objects that are about to be named are processed prior to fixation. Participants named pairs or triplets of objects. One of the objects, initially seen extrafoveally (the interloper), was replaced by a different object (the target) during the saccade toward it. The interloper-target pairs were identical or unrelated objects or visually and conceptually unrelated objects with homophonous names (e.g., animal-baseball bat). The mean latencies and gaze durations for the targets were shorter in the identity and homophone conditions than in the unrelated condition. This was true when participants viewed a fixation mark until the interloper appeared and when they fixated on another object and prepared to name it while viewing the interloper. These results imply that objects that are about to be named may undergo far-reaching processing, including access to their names, prior to fixation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428-442
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005


  • object naming
  • homophones
  • eye movements


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