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Effect of Recent Visual Experience on Later Reading

Title: The Effect of Recent Visual Experience on Later Reading.
Name(s): Aveyard, Mark, author
Zwaan, Rolf A., professor directing dissertation
Sunderman, Gretchen, outside committee member
Kaschak, Michael P., committee member
Kelley, Colleen M., committee member
Loney, Bryan R., committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Recent studies have drawn a close relationship between visual perception and language, showing, for example, that readers respond faster to a picture of a flying eagle than a perched eagle after a sentence that implicitly constrains the eagle's shape (Zwaan, Stanfield, & Yaxley, 2002). The present experiments pursue an ecologically-stronger design, showing how incidentally acquired connections between perceptual and linguistic experiential traces in the cognitive network can automatically affect later language comprehension. Two phases were employed here: a phase exposing participants to pictures of critical objects and a later, ostensibly unrelated reading phase. Reading times in Experiment 1 and 2 were faster when the implied shape of objects in text passages matched the shape in first phase pictures. The introduction of an articulatory suppression task in the first phase of Experiment 3, however, produced no similar advantage for the match condition in the subsequent reading tasks. These results are explained as the effect of coding mismatches between phases as well as possible strategy differences between participants. Future directions of study are proposed to provide a clearer test of two competing models of language comprehension.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0263 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2007.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: August 15, 2007.
Keywords: Working Memory, Language Comprehension, Embodiment, Articulatory Suppression
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Rolf A. Zwaan, Professor Directing Dissertation; Gretchen Sunderman, Outside Committee Member; Michael P. Kaschak, Committee Member; Colleen M. Kelley, Committee Member; Bryan R. Loney, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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