Anat Prior - Publications

Journal articles

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Degani, T., Prior, A., , & Hajara, W.(2017). Cross-language semantic influences in different script bilinguals. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 1-23.

Prior, A., Degani, T., Awawdy, S., Yassin, R., & Korem, N. (2017). Is susceptibility to cross-language interference domain specific?. Cognition, 165, 10-25.

Prior, A., Goldwasser, N., Ravet-Hirsh, R. & Schwartz, M. (in press). Executive functions in bilinguals children: Is there a role for language balance? In Schwieter, J. W. (Ed.) Cognitive control and consequences in the multilingual mind. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing.

Khateb, A., Shamshoum, R., & Prior, A., (2017)Modulation of Language Switching by Cue Timing: Implications for Models of Bilingual Language Control. J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn.

Shahar-Yames, D., & Prior, A., (2017) Reading development in upper elementary language minority readers of Hebrew: the specific challenge of fluency. Reading and Writing, 1-23.

Degani, T., Prior, A., Eddington, C., Areas Da Luz Fontes, A., & Tokowicz, N. (2015). Determiners of translation ambiguity: A within and cross-language comparison. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism

Prior, A., Katz, M., Mahajna, I., & Rubinsten, O. (2015). Number word structure in first and second language influences arithmetic skills. Name: Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 266.‏

Kaushanskaya, M. & Prior, A. (2015). Variability in the effects of bilingualism on cognition: It is not just about cognition, it is also about bilingualism. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. Invited commentary on keynote article by Valian, V. (2014). DOI: 10.1017/S1366728914000510.

Nevat, M., Khateb, A. & Prior, A. (2014) When first language is not first: An fMRI investigation of the neural basis of diglossia in Arabic. European Journal of Neuroscience, doi:10.1111/ejn.12673.

Prior, A. & Markus, E. (2014). Morphology in context: Activation of root-related words when reading sentences in Hebrew. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2014.920511.

Mor, B., Yitzhaki-Amsalem, S. & Prior, A. (2014). The joint effect of bilingualism and ADHD on executive functions. Journal of Attention Disorders. DOI: 10.1177/1087054714527790.

Prior, A. Goldina, A., Shany, M., Geva, E. & Katzir, T. (2014). Lexical inference in L2: Predictive roles of vocabulary knowledge and reading skill beyond reading comprehension. Reading and Writing, 27, 1467-1484.

Prior, A. & Gollan, T. (2013). The elusive link between language control and executive control: A case of limited transfer. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25, 622-654.

Ibrahim, R., Shoshani, R., Prior, A. & Share, D. (2013). Bilingualism and measures of spontaneous and reactive cognitive flexibility. Psychology, 4, 1-10. DOI:10.4236/psych.2013.47A001

Prior, A. Kroll, J.F. & MacWhinney, B. (2013). Translation ambiguity but not word class predicts translation performance. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 16(2), 458-474.

Prior, A. (2012). Too much of a good thing: Stronger bilingual inhibition leads to larger lag-2 task repetition costs. Cognition, 125, 1-12.

Prior, A. (2012) Bilingualism: Perspectives from cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Language & Literacy, 4, 7-25 (in Hebrew).

Prior, A. & Gollan, T. (2011). Good language switchers are good task switchers: Evidence from Spanish-English and Mandarin-English bilinguals. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 17, 1-10.

Degani, T., Prior, A. & Tokowicz, N. (2011). Bidirectional transfer: The effect of sharing a translation. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 23, 18-28.

Prior, A. Wintner, S., MacWhinney, B. & Lavie, A. (2011). Translation ambiguity in and out of context. Applied Psycholinguistics, 32, 93-111.

Prior, A. & MacWhinney, B. (2010). A bilingual advantage in task switching. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 13, 253-262. Among 10 most downloaded papers for 2011 and 2012.

Prior, A. & Bentin, S. (2008). Word associations are formed incidentally during sentential semantic integration. Acta Psychologica, 127, 57-71.

Prior, A. MacWhinney, B. & Kroll, J.F. (2007). Translation norms for English and Spanish: The role of lexical variables, word class and L2 proficiency in negotiating translation ambiguity. Behavior Research Methods, 39, 1029-1038.

Prior, A. & Bentin, S. (2006). Differential integration efforts of mandatory and optional sentence constituents. Psychophysiology, 43, 440-449.

Prior, A. & Geffet, M. (2003). Mutual information and semantic similarity as predictors of word association strength: Modulation by association type and semantic relation. In F. Schmalhofer, R. Young & G. Katz (Eds.), Proceedings of the 1st European Cognitive Science Conference. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. Pp. 265-270.

Prior, A. & Bentin, S. (2003). Incidental formation of episodic associations: The importance of sentential context. Memory and Cognition, 31, 306-316.

Book chapters

Prior, A. (2014). Bilingualism: Interactions between languages (3000 words). In P. Brook & V. Kempe (Eds) Encyclopedia of Language Development. Sage Reference. DOI:

Prior, A. (2012). Language representation in bilinguals: Cognitive and neural aspects. In Darmon, A. & Polak, I. (Eds.) What Happens when I read? Linguistic, brain and education research on reading in general, and specifically in Arabic. The Initiative for Applied Educational Research, The Israeli Academy for Science (in Hebrew).

Prior, A. (2012) Reading in more than one language: Behavior and brain perspective. In Molfese, D., Breznitz, Z., Berninger, V., and Rubinsten, O. (Eds.) Listening to many voices: Reading, writing, mathematics and the brain, pp. 131-156. Dordrecht: Springer


Zeltsman-Kulick, R., Katzir, T. & Prior, A.Hebrew Adaptation of the Grey Oral Reading Test. Unpublished assessment tool.

Smith, Y., Walters, J. & Prior, A.Translation norms for Hebrew and English. Translation data for a set of 700 words in Hebrew and English.

Beznos, M. & Prior, A. Hebrew version of the Language Experience and Proficiency Questionnaire. The questionnaire was originally published in English by Marian, Blumenfeld & Kaushanskaya, 2007, and is a widely used tool in bilingual research. Can be downloaded free of charge from the IRIS database

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  • Anat Prior
    Department of Learing Disabilities
    University of Haifa, Haifa 3498838
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    Department of Learning Disabilities
    University of Haifa, Haifa 3498838
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