Word Association Study

Welcome to the Association Study!

On average, an adult knows about 40,000 words. Many researchers in psychology and linguistics are interested in how each of us represents these words in a mental dictionary.

With the help of researchers in these fields across the globe, we aim to build a network that captures this knowledge by playing the game of word associations. You can help us with this project with just 5 minutes of your time. It's easy and fun: Just give the first three words that come to mind for a list of 16 cue words.

All ages and nationalities are welcome, but please note that we do require all participants to be fluent English speakers.

Thank you, and have fun!

Dr. Simon De Deyne and Prof. Gert Storms


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Word Association Study


Thank you!

We still have a way to go to finish the mental dictionary (it takes 280,000 persons!). Please help and share the link below with family and friends or come back some other time for new words at http://www.smallworldofwords.com/en.

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