Paivio et al. Word List Generator

The Paivio, Yuille & Madigan Word Pool contains 925 nouns scaled for word frequency in printed text (the Kucera-Francis word counts), rated Imagery, Concreteness, and Meaninfulness and are widely used in memory research to control the effects of these variables. This form allows you to select a randomly sampled set of words, with specified characteristics.

List Parameters

To select one or more lists, enter the number of items per list and the number of lists.
Number of Items/list
Number of Lists

Variable Parameters

Enter minimum and/or maximum values to restrict the range of any variable. Leave these fields as is or empty to use the entire range.

See the distributions at the right. You won't be happy if the ranges you select do not allow enough total items.

Variable Range Minimum Maximum Distribution
Number of syllables 1 - 5
Number of letters 3 - 14
Kucera-Francis word frequency0 - 100
Imagery rating 1 - 7
Concreteness rating 1 - 7
Meaningfulness rating 1 - 10

Output format:

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MLF Michael Friendly