Worldwide word association study: contribute in 5 mins; aggregated data will be made open access

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Heard of pay it forward? Donate 5 minutes of your time to this quick global study – the resulting data will be made freely available to researchers!

Gert Storms and Simon De Deyne (University of Leuven) are running a worldwide word association test in English. They already have >1.25 million responses, but they need more. Native English-speakers can participate online, it will take you only 5 minutes, and you will be asked to give spontaneously associated words to 14 target words. The data will be made openly available, just like the Florida norms, for use by any researchers wishing to use them for their studies.


Over the past few months, we have been trying to set up a scientific study that is important for many researchers interested in words, word meaning, semantics, and cognitive science in general. It is a huge word association project, in which people are asked to participate in a small task that doesn’t last longer than 5 minutes. Our goal is to build a global word association network that contains connections between about 40.000 words, the size of the lexicon of an average adult. Setting up such a network might teach us a lot about semantic memory, how it develops, and maybe also about how it can deteriorate (like in Alzheimer’s disease). Most people enjoy doing the task, but we need thousands of participants to succeed. Up till today, we found about 40,000 participants willing to do the little task, but we need more responses. That is why we address you.

The task can be found at: http://www.smallworldofwords.com

Of course the network will be freely available to all interested language researchers when it becomes substantial enough. We thank you in advance. If you want more information, don’t hesitate to contact me.

With kind regards,

Prof. G. Storms and Dr. S. De Deyne
Department of Psychology, University of Leuven
Tiensestraat 102
3000 Leuven
Belgium

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    Eureka! (26 days to go) « The Write Inspiration said:
    April 25, 2012 at 16:44

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