The Novel Object and Unusual Name (NOUN) database: a collection of novel images for use in experimental research

Horst, Jessica S and Hout, Michael C (2016) The Novel Object and Unusual Name (NOUN) database: a collection of novel images for use in experimental research. Behavior Research Methods, 48 (4). pp. 1393-1409. ISSN 1554-351X

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Abstract

Many experimental research designs require images of novel objects. Here we introduce the Novel Object and Unusual Name (NOUN) Database. This database contains 64 primary novel object images and additional novel exemplars for ten basic- and nine global-level object categories. The objects’ novelty was confirmed by both self-report and a lack of consensus on questions that required participants to name and identify the objects. We also found that object novelty correlated with qualifying naming responses pertaining to the objects’ colors. Results from a similarity sorting task (and subsequent multidimensional scaling analysis on the similarity ratings) demonstrated that the objects are complex and distinct entities that vary along several featural dimensions beyond simply shape and color. A final experiment confirmed that additional item exemplars comprise both sub- and superordinate categories. These images may be useful in a variety of settings, particularly for developmental psychology and other research in language, categorization, perception, visual memory and related domains.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: Lene Hyltoft
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2015 09:57
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 09:50
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55936

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