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The Time it Takes to Name an Object


WHEN an individual gives the name of an object presented to him, he is producing a word in conditions which require the processing of a greater quantity of information than when the same word is evoked in the course of a sentence, where the constraints of grammar, syntax and theme limit the ensemble of possible choices.

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OLDFIELD, R., WINGFIELD, A. The Time it Takes to Name an Object. Nature 202, 1031–1032 (1964).

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