Pupillometry reveals processing load during spoken language comprehension

Engelhardt, Paul, Ferreira, Fernanda and Patsenko, Elena (2010) Pupillometry reveals processing load during spoken language comprehension. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63 (4). pp. 639-645. ISSN 1747-0218

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/17470210903469864


This study investigated processing effort by measuring peoples' pupil diameter as they listened to sentences containing a temporary syntactic ambiguity. In the first experiment, we manipulated prosody. The results showed that when prosodic structure conflicted with syntactic structure, pupil diameter reliably increased. In the second experiment, we manipulated both prosody and visual context. The results showed that when visual context was consistent with the correct interpretation, prosody had very little effect on processing effort. However, when visual context was inconsistent with the correct interpretation, prosody had a large effect on processing effort. The interaction between visual context and prosody shows that visual context has an effect on online processing and that it can modulate the influence of linguistic sources of information, such as prosody. Pupillometry is a sensitive measure of processing effort during spoken language comprehension

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: pupillometry, syntax, prosodic analysis (Linguistics)
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2011 09:32
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2020 10:46
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2330

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