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Investigating the Simulation of Event Locus during Online Comprehension

Title: Investigating the Simulation of Event Locus during Online Comprehension.
Name(s): Yaxley, Richard H., author
Zwaan, Rolf A., professor directing dissertation
LaPointe, Leonard L., outside committee member
Kaschak, Michael P., committee member
Kelley, Colleen M., committee member
Maner, Jon K., committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Recent evidence in support of embodied cognition suggests that cognition in general, and language comprehension in particular, calls upon sensorimotor traces to mentally simulate described situations. Although the extent to which such experiential traces are integral to linguistic representations remains an open theoretical question, recent eye-tracking studies have demonstrated an immediate interfacing of linguistic and visual representations during understanding. Three eye-tracking experiments were performed that investigated the extent to which the processing of described events involves the anticipatory allocation of visual attention. All three experiments demonstrated that visual attention is allocated to regions within entities equivalently despite the implicit focus of the described event. The results did not provide supporting evidence for the hypothesis that language processing activates context-specific regions during mental simulation. These findings are discussed in the light of evidence that shows that comprehenders' ability to disambiguate meaning and establish reference with external entities can be influenced by linguistic and environmental context.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0982 (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, 2006.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: September 15, 2006.
Keywords: Eyetracking, Language Processing, Comprehension, Mental Simulation
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Rolf A. Zwaan, Professor Directing Dissertation; Leonard L. LaPointe, Outside Committee Member; Michael P. Kaschak, Committee Member; Colleen M. Kelley, Committee Member; Jon K. Maner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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