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Mikhail Sopov 1, Alexei Starodubtcev1, Kirill Miroshnik1, Roman Shindrikov1
  • 1 Saint Petersburg State University, 7/9 Universitetskaya emb., Saint Petersburg, 199034, Russian Federation

The Bank of Standardized Stimuli (BOSS): Adaptation for Use in Russian-Language Studies Russian Norms for the BOSS Images

2019. Vol. 16. No. 4. P. 690–704 [issue contents]
Standardized sets of stimuli are widely applied in studies on visual perception and speech production. They provide valuable information about a range of parameters that can be controlled as confounding variables in experiments. The present study provides Russian-language normative data for 542 pictures from the Bank of Standardized Stimuli (BOSS), which contains high-quality photos of everyday objects (such as kitchen utensils, clothes, food, etc.). The study design consisted of two stages. In the first stage, 45 respondents aged from 19 to 46 (M = 24.9, SD = 6.1) were asked to name given objects, rate them on “familiarity” and “visual complexity”, and select in which of 18 categories they belong to. Afterward, the following parameters were determined for each image: modal name, modal name agreement (percentage of respondents who chose the most frequently used name for an object), mean visual complexity, mean familiarity, modal category, and category agreement. Photos with the modal name agreement greater than 50% (326 items) were taken for the second stage. In the second stage, 33 respondents aged from 19 to 44 (M = 25.3, SD = 4.9) rated selected pictures on “object agreement” (the degree to which photo of an object corresponds to its mental image), “viewpoint agreement”, and “manipulability” (the degree to which it is easy to imagine an action that is highly associated with this specific object). Eventually, mean values for all rated parameters were computed. The results are freely available online and can be used for conducting various experiments in the field of cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics.
Citation: Sopov M., Starodubtcev A., Miroshnik K., Shindrikov R. (2019) Baza standartizirovannykh izobrazheniy BOSS: adaptatsiya dlya ispol'zovaniya na russkoyazychnoy vyborke [

The Bank of Standardized Stimuli (BOSS): Adaptation for Use in Russian-Language Studies Russian Norms for the BOSS Images

]. Psychology. Journal of Higher School of Economics, vol. 17, no 4, pp. 690-704 (in Russian)
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