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Modality-Specific Norms of Perceptual Strength

Our modality-specific norms of perceptual strength ask people to rate their experience of particular concepts and properties using the five senses of hearing, sight, touch, taste and smell.

A complete set of ratings for over 1000 words can be downloaded here.

The downloadable norms contain both published and unpublished sets of ratings. Citations for the published norms are as follows:

 


 

Instructions for replicating the norming methodology are as follows:

Instructions

You will be asked to rate how much you experience everyday objects using five different perceptual senses. There are no right or wrong answers so please use your own judgement.

The rating scale runs from 0 (not experienced at all with that sense) to 5 (experienced greatly with that sense). Click on a number to select a rating.

If you do not know the meaning of a word, just click on the "Next" button to move onto the next item.

Per item WORD

Adjectives (2009) were normed using an object property phrasing:

To what extent do you experience something being WORD
By feeling through touch
By hearing
By seeing
By smelling
By tasting

Nouns (2013) and all other unpublished word types were normed using a general concept phrasing

To what extent do you experience WORD
By feeling through touch
By hearing
By seeing
By smelling
By tasting

A separate 0-5 rating scale appeared beside each modality. Scale anchors were labelled at 0 (not at all) and 5 (greatly)

 


 

These norms have many uses. Some papers from our own lab include: