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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647830/the-comprehension-of-syntactic-and-affective-prosody-by-adults-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-without-accompanying-cognitive-deficits
#1
Maria Martzoukou, Despina Papadopoulou, Mary-Helen Kosmidis
The present study investigates the comprehension of syntactic and affective prosody in adults with autism spectrum disorder without accompanying cognitive deficits (ASD w/o cognitive deficits) as well as age-, education- and gender-matched unimpaired adults, while processing orally presented sentences. Two experiments were conducted: (a) an on-line sentence completion task containing local subject/object ambiguities and (b) an affective prosody task exploring the comprehension of six emotions. The syntactic prosody task revealed that the experimental group performed similar to the control group on the fillers and the object condition...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643033/the-role-of-sensory-perception-emotionality-and-lifeworld-in-auditory-word-processing-evidence-from-congenital-blindness-and-synesthesia
#2
Judith Papadopoulos, Frank Domahs, Christina Kauschke
Although it has been established that human beings process concrete and abstract words differently, it is still a matter of debate what factors contribute to this difference. Since concrete concepts are closely tied to sensory perception, perceptual experience seems to play an important role in their processing. The present study investigated the processing of nouns during an auditory lexical decision task. Participants came from three populations differing in their visual-perceptual experience: congenitally blind persons, word-color synesthetes, and sighted non-synesthetes...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639175/valence-and-origin-of-emotional-words-influence-on-subsequent-perception-of-ambiguous-stimuli-in-terms-of-competence-versus-warmth
#3
Kamil K Imbir
The aim of this study was to examine whether the valence and origin of emotional words can alter perception of ambiguous objects in terms of warmth versus competence, fundamental dimensions of social cognition. 60 individuals were invited into the study focusing on the limits of intuition. They were asked to try to guess the meaning of Japanese pictorial signs in terms of their warmth versus competence connotations. Before each trial a subsequent memory load task was applied. Participants were supposed to read and remember words creating a factorial manipulation of valence (three levels) and origins (three levels: automatic, neutral and reflective) of affective connotations presenting to them for 500 ms...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639174/profiling-perceptual-learning-styles-of-chinese-as-a-second-language-learners-in-university-settings
#4
Peijian Paul Sun, Lin Sophie Teng
This study revisited Reid's (1987) perceptual learning style preference questionnaire (PLSPQ) in an attempt to answer whether the PLSPQ fits in the Chinese-as-a-second-language (CSL) context. If not, what are CSL learners' learning styles drawing on the PLSPQ? The PLSPQ was first re-examined through reliability analysis and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) with 224 CSL learners. The results showed that Reid's six-factor PLSPQ could not satisfactorily explain the CSL learners' learning styles. Exploratory factor analyses were, therefore, performed to explore the dimensionality of the PLSPQ in the CSL context...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631184/willingness-to-communicate-orally-the-case-of-iranian-efl-learners
#5
Elaheh Tavakoli, Mohammad Davoudi
This study sets out to develop a questionnaire on willingness to communicate (WTC) orally specific to English as a Foreign Language setting. It also aims to investigate the effect of three independent variables of interlocutor, age and gender on the same construct of WTC orally. Exploratory factor analysis resulted in three dimensions to WTC, namely WTC with teacher, with classmate, and stranger. Also Cronbach's alpha of .86 indicated a high internal consistency. Mixed between-within subjects analysis of variance was used to assess the impact of interlocutors, age and gender on participants' WTC across the three WTC subscale scores...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631183/comprehension-of-idioms-in-turkish-aphasic-participants
#6
Burcu Aydin, Muzaffer Barin, Oktay Yagiz
Brain damaged participants offer an opportunity to evaluate the cognitive and linguistic processes and make assumptions about how the brain works. Cognitive linguists have been investigating the underlying mechanisms of idiom comprehension to unravel the ongoing debate on hemispheric specialization in figurative language comprehension. The aim of this study is to evaluate and compare the comprehension of idiomatic expressions in left brain damaged (LBD) aphasic, right brain damaged (RBD) and healthy control participants...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624932/word-level-and-sentence-level-automaticity-in-english-as-a-foreign-language-efl-learners-a-comparative-study
#7
Dongmei Ma, Xiaoru Yu, Haomin Zhang
The present study aimed to investigate second language (L2) word-level and sentence-level automatic processing among English as a foreign language students through a comparative analysis of students with different proficiency levels. As a multidimensional and dynamic construct, automaticity is conceptualized as processing speed, stability, and accuracy which are indexed by reaction time, coefficient variation and accuracy rate. Sixty students (39 undergraduate students and 21 graduate students) who majored in English participated in this study...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620876/english-orthographic-learning-in-chinese-l1-young-efl-beginners
#8
Yu-Lin Cheng
English orthographic learning, among Chinese-L1 children who were beginning to learn English as a foreign language, was documented when: (1) only visual memory was at their disposal, (2) visual memory and either some letter-sound knowledge or some semantic information was available, and (3) visual memory, some letter-sound knowledge and some semantic information were all available. When only visual memory was available, orthographic learning (measured via an orthographic choice test) was meagre. Orthographic learning was significant when either semantic information or letter-sound knowledge supplemented visual memory, with letter-sound knowledge generating greater significance...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597331/inhibition-efficiency-in-highly-proficient-bilinguals-and-simultaneous-interpreters-evidence-from-language-switching-and-stroop-tasks
#9
Xavier Aparicio, Karin Heidlmayr, Frédéric Isel
The present behavioral study aimed to examine the impact of language control expertise on two domain-general control processes, i.e. active inhibition of competing representations and overcoming of inhibition. We compared how Simultaneous Interpreters (SI) and Highly Proficient Bilinguals-two groups assumed to differ in language control capacity-performed executive tasks involving specific inhibition processes. In Experiment 1 (language decision task), both active and overcoming of inhibition processes are involved, while in Experiment 2 (bilingual Stroop task) only interference suppression is supposed to be required...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567594/the-interaction-of-contextual-and-syntactic-information-in-the-processing-of-turkish-anaphors
#10
Martina Gračanin-Yuksek, Sol Lago, Duygu Fatma Şafak, Orhan Demir, Bilal Kırkıcı
In contrast with languages where anaphors can be classified into pronouns and reflexives, Turkish has a tripartite system that consists of the anaphors o, kendi, and kendisi. The syntactic literature on these anaphors has proposed that whereas o behaves like a pronoun and kendi behaves like a reflexive, kendisi has a more flexible behavior and it can function as both a pronoun and a reflexive. Using acceptability judgments and a self-paced reading task, we examined how Turkish anaphors are processed in isolated sentences and within larger discourse contexts...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560617/a-case-study-of-negative-affixes-in-sadegh-hedayat-s-letters-the-effect-of-bipolar-mood-disorder
#11
Elmira Esmaeelpour, Fariba Ghatreh, Mandana Nourbakhsh
This research studies the morphological features found in Sadegh Hedayat's letters, who, based on linguistic and psychological studies, may have had bipolar disorder. It aims to assess the impact of various types of moods on the frequency of negative affixes through qualitative analysis of the letters' text. The letters are written in Persian, and include six negative derivational affixes. As bipolar disorder includes four episodes, all letters are analyzed on the basis of six negative affixes concerning the episodes using SPSS...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555347/repetition-priming-effects-in-proficient-mandarin-cantonese-and-cantonese-mandarin-bidialectals-an-event-related-potential-study
#12
Aiwen Yi, Zhuoming Chen, Yanqun Chang, Shu Zhou, Limei Wu, Yaozhong Liu, Guoxiong Zhang
The present study adopted a repetition priming paradigm to investigate the bidialectal (bilingual) representation of speakers with different native dialects by event-related potential (ERP) technique. Proficient Mandarin-Cantonese and Cantonese-Mandarin bidialectals participated in the study. They were required to judge whether a word was a biological word or not, when the words (target word) were represented under four types of repetition priming conditions: Mandarin (prime)-Mandarin (target), Mandarin (prime)-Cantonese (target), Cantonese (prime)-Cantonese (target) and Cantonese (prime)-Mandarin (target)...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528512/working-memory-in-the-processing-of-long-distance-dependencies-interference-and-filler-maintenance
#13
Tal Ness, Aya Meltzer-Asscher
During the temporal delay between the filler and gap sites in long-distance dependencies, the "active filler" strategy can be implemented in two ways: the filler phrase can be actively maintained in working memory ("maintenance account"), or it can be retrieved only when the parser posits a gap ("retrieval account"). The current study tested whether filler content is maintained during the processing of dependencies. Using a self-paced reading paradigm, we compared reading times on a noun phrase (NP) between the filler and gap sites in object relative clauses, to reading times on an NP between the antecedent and ellipsis sites in ellipsis sentences...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516209/foreign-language-effect-and-psychological-distance
#14
Hong Im Shin, Juyoung Kim
Does using a foreign language result in forming different moral decisions than using our mother tongue? Two studies were conducted to investigate whether there is a relationship between foreign language effects (differences between native vs. foreign language conditions) and psychological distance. Study 1 tested four moral dilemmas adapted from Greene et al. (Cognition 107: 1144-1155, 2008). Non-fluent Korean-English bilingual participants (N = 161) indicated decisions regarding four moral dilemmas in either Korean or English languages...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508351/native-and-non-native-speakers-brain-responses-to-filled-indirect-object-gaps
#15
Anna Jessen, Julia Festman, Oliver Boxell, Claudia Felser
We examined native and non-native English speakers' processing of indirect object wh-dependencies using a filled-gap paradigm while recording event-related potentials (ERPs). The non-native group was comprised of native German-speaking, proficient non-native speakers of English. Both participant groups showed evidence of linking fronted indirect objects to the subcategorizing verb when this was encountered, reflected in an N400 component. Evidence for continued filler activation beyond the verb was seen only in the non-native group, in the shape of a prolonged left-anterior negativity...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500472/impaired-interpretation-of-others-behavior-is-associated-with-difficulties-in-recognizing-pragmatic-language-in-patients-with-schizophrenia
#16
Keita Fukuhara, Yasuhiro Ogawa, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Yuma Nagata, Saiji Nishida, Daisuke Haga, Takashi Nishikawa
Much attention has been paid to the pragmatic language function in schizophrenia. This study of Japanese patients with schizophrenia examined the relationship between impaired interpretation of the behaviors of other people in social contexts and the ability to recognize metaphor and irony. We assessed 34 patients with schizophrenia and 34 normal subjects using first- and second-order theory of mind tasks, the Metaphor and Sarcasm Scenario Test, and the Dewey Story Test (which tests the ability to judge others' social behaviors)...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484966/the-role-of-simple-semantics-in-the-process-of-artificial-grammar-learning
#17
Birgit Öttl, Gerhard Jäger, Barbara Kaup
This study investigated the effect of semantic information on artificial grammar learning (AGL). Recursive grammars of different complexity levels (regular language, mirror language, copy language) were investigated in a series of AGL experiments. In the with-semantics condition, participants acquired semantic information prior to the AGL experiment; in the without-semantics control condition, participants did not receive semantic information. It was hypothesized that semantics would generally facilitate grammar acquisition and that the learning benefit in the with-semantics conditions would increase with increasing grammar complexity...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478570/on-the-eye-movement-control-of-changing-reading-direction-for-a-single-word-the-case-of-reading-numerals-in-urdu
#18
Azizuddin Khan, Otto Loberg, Jarkko Hautala
Typically orthographies are consistent in terms of reading direction, i.e. from left-to-right or right-to-left. However, some are bidirectional, i.e., certain parts of the text, (such as numerals in Urdu), are read against the default reading direction. Such sudden changes in reading direction may challenge the reader in many ways, at the level of planning of saccadic eye movements, changing the direction of attention, word recognition processes and cognitive reading strategies. The present study attempts to understand how readers achieve such sudden changes in reading direction at the level of eye movements and conscious cognitive reading strategies...
May 6, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477262/replication-of-psycholinguistic-experiments-and-the-resolution-of-inconsistencies
#19
Csilla Rákosi
Non-exact replications are regarded as effective tools of problem solving in psycholinguistic research because they lead to more plausible experimental results; however, they are also ineffective tools of problem solving because they trigger cumulative contradictions among different replications of an experiment. This paper intends to resolve this paradox by putting forward a metatheoretical model that clarifies the criteria with the help of which various aspects of the effectiveness of the problem solving process can be differentiated and evaluated...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474204/screening-for-specific-language-impairment-in-preschool-children-evaluating-a-screening-procedure-including-the-token-test
#20
Ulrike Willinger, Michaela Schmoeger, Matthias Deckert, Brigitte Eisenwort, Benjamin Loader, Annemarie Hofmair, Eduard Auff
Specific language impairment (SLI) comprises impairments in receptive and/or expressive language. Aim of this study was to evaluate a screening for SLI. 61 children with SLI (SLI-children, age-range 4-6 years) and 61 matched typically developing controls were tested for receptive language ability (Token Test-TT) and for intelligence (Wechsler Preschool-and-Primary-Scale-of-Intelligence-WPPSI). Group differences were analyzed using t tests, as well as direct and stepwise discriminant analyses. The predictive value of the WPPSI with respect to TT performance was analyzed using regression analyses...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
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