Monday, March 30, 2009

A Note on Semantic Satiation

Charles E. Osgood (Lectures on Language Performance. Springer-Verlag. 1980. p. 25) describes the following phenomenon:

semantic satiation - where rapid seeing/saying repetition of a word, like canoe-canoe-canoe... produces a loss of meaningfulness, but repetition of a nonsense overt response having the same shape, nuka-nuka-nuka...does not.

The phenomenon was discovered by Titchner and his co-workers (see

See 2;20 to 3;00 mark below for a famous example.....


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