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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29435912/concreteness-norms-for-1-659-french-words-relationships-with-other-psycholinguistic-variables-and-word-recognition-times
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Patrick Bonin, Alain Méot, Aurélia Bugaiska
Words that correspond to a potential sensory experience-concrete words-have long been found to possess a processing advantage over abstract words in various lexical tasks. We collected norms of concreteness for a set of 1,659 French words, together with other psycholinguistic norms that were not available for these words-context availability, emotional valence, and arousal-but which are important if we are to achieve a better understanding of the meaning of concreteness effects. We then investigated the relationships of concreteness with these newly collected variables, together with other psycholinguistic variables that were already available for this set of words (e...
February 12, 2018: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29435824/psycholinguistic-variables-matter-in-odor-naming
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John L A Huisman, Asifa Majid
People from Western societies generally find it difficult to name odors. In trying to explain this, the olfactory literature has proposed several theories that focus heavily on properties of the odor itself but rarely discuss properties of the label used to describe it. However, recent studies show speakers of languages with dedicated smell lexicons can name odors with relative ease. Has the role of the lexicon been overlooked in the olfactory literature? Word production studies show properties of the label, such as word frequency and semantic context, influence naming; but this field of research focuses heavily on the visual domain...
February 12, 2018: Memory & Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29426787/direct-object-pronoun-sentence-processing-in-spanish-english-children-with-without-specific-language-impairment-and-adults-a-cross-modal-priming-study
#3
Dolors Girbau
PURPOSE: This paper examines whether bilingual children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) showed limited comprehension of Direct Object (DO) pronoun sentences and/or morphosyntactic priming compared to children with Typical Language Development (TLD) and adults. We analyzed the relation of these morphosyntactic processes to other psycholinguistic abilities, according to the MUC (Memory-Unification-Control) model. METHOD: Ten bilingual native Spanish-speaking children with SLI (8;3-10;6) and 10 age-matched children with TLD (7;6-10;10) received a psycholinguistic evaluation in Spanish-English...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29417454/autoregressive-generalized-linear-mixed-effect-models-with-crossed-random-effects-an-application-to-intensive-binary-time-series-eye-tracking-data
#4
Sun-Joo Cho, Sarah Brown-Schmidt, Woo-Yeol Lee
As a method to ascertain person and item effects in psycholinguistics, a generalized linear mixed effect model (GLMM) with crossed random effects has met limitations in handing serial dependence across persons and items. This paper presents an autoregressive GLMM with crossed random effects that accounts for variability in lag effects across persons and items. The model is shown to be applicable to intensive binary time series eye-tracking data when researchers are interested in detecting experimental condition effects while controlling for previous responses...
February 7, 2018: Psychometrika
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29411408/exploratory-and-confirmatory-analyses-in-sentence-processing-a-case-study-of-number-interference-in-german
#5
Bruno Nicenboim, Shravan Vasishth, Felix Engelmann, Katja Suckow
Given the replication crisis in cognitive science, it is important to consider what researchers need to do in order to report results that are reliable. We consider three changes in current practice that have the potential to deliver more realistic and robust claims. First, the planned experiment should be divided into two stages, an exploratory stage and a confirmatory stage. This clear separation allows the researcher to check whether any results found in the exploratory stage are robust. The second change is to carry out adequately powered studies...
February 7, 2018: Cognitive Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29404914/from-corpora-to-experiments-methodological-triangulation-in-the-study-of-word-order-at-the-interfaces-in-adult-late-bilinguals-l2-learners
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Amaya Mendikoetxea, Cristóbal Lozano
This paper shows the need to triangulate different approaches in Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research to fully understand late bilinguals' interlanguage grammars. Methodologically, we show how experimental and corpus data can be (and should be) triangulated by reporting on a corpus study (Lozano and Mendikoetxea in Biling Lang Cognit 13(4):475-497, 2010) and a new follow-up offline experiment investigating Subject-Verb inversion (Subject-Verb/Verb-Subject order) in L1 Spanish-L2 English (n = 417)...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29396497/multiplex-model-of-mental-lexicon-reveals-explosive-learning-in-humans
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Massimo Stella, Nicole M Beckage, Markus Brede, Manlio De Domenico
Word similarities affect language acquisition and use in a multi-relational way barely accounted for in the literature. We propose a multiplex network representation of this mental lexicon of word similarities as a natural framework for investigating large-scale cognitive patterns. Our representation accounts for semantic, taxonomic, and phonological interactions and it identifies a cluster of words which are used with greater frequency, are identified, memorised, and learned more easily, and have more meanings than expected at random...
February 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29393697/context-processing-during-irony-comprehension-in-right-frontal-brain-damaged-individuals
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Maud Champagne-Lavau, Natacha Cordonier, Anne Bellmann, Marion Fossard
The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the degree of incongruity between contextual information and a target sentence influences the extent to which irony is understood in individuals with right-frontal-hemisphere damage (RHD). A psycholinguistic paradigm was used, allowing us to assess whether impairment in irony understanding is likely to be due to insensitivity (i.e. difficulty in capturing or detecting relevant contextual information) to relevant contextual information or to difficulties in integrating contextual information...
February 2, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29383571/variation-in-the-speech-signal-as-a-window-into-the-cognitive-architecture-of-language-production
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Audrey Bürki
The pronunciation of words is highly variable. This variation provides crucial information about the cognitive architecture of the language production system. This review summarizes key empirical findings about variation phenomena, integrating corpus, acoustic, articulatory, and chronometric data from phonetic and psycholinguistic studies. It examines how these data constrain our current understanding of word production processes and highlights major challenges and open issues that should be addressed in future research...
January 30, 2018: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29380301/aligntool-the-automatic-temporal-alignment-of-spoken-utterances-in-german-dutch-and-british-english-for-psycholinguistic-purposes
#10
Lars Schillingmann, Jessica Ernst, Verena Keite, Britta Wrede, Antje S Meyer, Eva Belke
In language production research, the latency with which speakers produce a spoken response to a stimulus and the onset and offset times of words in longer utterances are key dependent variables. Measuring these variables automatically often yields partially incorrect results. However, exact measurements through the visual inspection of the recordings are extremely time-consuming. We present AlignTool, an open-source alignment tool that establishes preliminarily the onset and offset times of words and phonemes in spoken utterances using Praat, and subsequently performs a forced alignment of the spoken utterances and their orthographic transcriptions in the automatic speech recognition system MAUS...
January 29, 2018: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29372490/a-database-of-orthography-semantics-consistency-osc-estimates-for-15-017-english-words
#11
Marco Marelli, Simona Amenta
Orthography-semantics consistency (OSC) is a measure that quantifies the degree of semantic relatedness between a word and its orthographic relatives. OSC is computed as the frequency-weighted average semantic similarity between the meaning of a given word and the meanings of all the words containing that very same orthographic string, as captured by distributional semantic models. We present a resource including optimized estimates of OSC for 15,017 English words. In a series of analyses, we provide a progressive optimization of the OSC variable...
January 25, 2018: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29356929/dealing-with-the-conflicting-results-of-psycholinguistic-experiments-how-to-resolve-them-with-the-help-of-statistical-meta-analysis
#12
Csilla Rákosi
This paper proposes the use of the tools of statistical meta-analysis as a method of conflict resolution with respect to experiments in cognitive linguistics. With the help of statistical meta-analysis, the effect size of similar experiments can be compared, a well-founded and robust synthesis of the experimental data can be achieved, and possible causes of any divergence(s) in the outcomes can be revealed. This application of statistical meta-analysis offers a novel method of how diverging evidence can be dealt with...
January 22, 2018: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324240/cognitive-science-in-the-era-of-artificial-intelligence-a-roadmap-for-reverse-engineering-the-infant-language-learner
#13
Emmanuel Dupoux
Spectacular progress in the information processing sciences (machine learning, wearable sensors) promises to revolutionize the study of cognitive development. Here, we analyse the conditions under which 'reverse engineering' language development, i.e., building an effective system that mimics infant's achievements, can contribute to our scientific understanding of early language development. We argue that, on the computational side, it is important to move from toy problems to the full complexity of the learning situation, and take as input as faithful reconstructions of the sensory signals available to infants as possible...
January 8, 2018: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322399/when-is-best-worst-best-a-comparison-of-best-worst-scaling-numeric-estimation-and-rating-scales-for-collection-of-semantic-norms
#14
Geoff Hollis, Chris Westbury
Large-scale semantic norms have become both prevalent and influential in recent psycholinguistic research. However, little attention has been directed towards understanding the methodological best practices of such norm collection efforts. We compared the quality of semantic norms obtained through rating scales, numeric estimation, and a less commonly used judgment format called best-worst scaling. We found that best-worst scaling usually produces norms with higher predictive validities than other response formats, and does so requiring less data to be collected overall...
January 10, 2018: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282595/perceptual-experience-norms-for-506-russian-nouns-modality-rating-spatial-localization-manipulability-imageability-and-other-variables
#15
Alex Miklashevsky
A number of new psycholinguistic variables has been proposed during the last years within embodied cognition framework: modality experience rating (i.e., relationship between words and images of a particular perceptive modality-visual, auditory, haptic etc.), manipulability (the necessity for an object to interact with human hands in order to perform its function), vertical spatial localization. However, it is not clear how these new variables are related to each other and to such traditional variables as imageability, AoA and word frequency...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277256/individual-differences-in-language-acquisition-and-processing
#16
REVIEW
Evan Kidd, Seamus Donnelly, Morten H Christiansen
Humans differ in innumerable ways, with considerable variation observable at every level of description, from the molecular to the social. Traditionally, linguistic and psycholinguistic theory has downplayed the possibility of meaningful differences in language across individuals. However, it is becoming increasingly evident that there is significant variation among speakers at any age as well as across the lifespan. Here, we review recent research in psycholinguistics, and argue that a focus on individual differences (IDs) provides a crucial source of evidence that bears strongly upon core issues in theories of the acquisition and processing of language; specifically, the role of experience in language acquisition, processing, and attainment, and the architecture of the language system...
December 22, 2017: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222768/thai-norms-for-name-image-and-category-agreement-object-familiarity-visual-complexity-manipulability-and-age-of-acquisition-for-480-color-photographic-objects
#17
A J Benjamin Clarke, Jason D Ludington
Normative databases containing psycholinguistic variables are commonly used to aid stimulus selection for investigations into language and other cognitive processes. Norms exist for many languages, but not for Thai. The aim of the present research, therefore, was to obtain Thai normative data for the BOSS, a set of 480 high resolution color photographic images of real objects (Brodeur et al. in PLoS ONE 5(5), 2010.  https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0010773 ). Norms were provided by 584 Thai university students on eight dimensions: name agreement, object familiarity, visual complexity, category agreement, image agreement, two types of manipulability (graspability and mimeability), and age of acquisition...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218589/stimulstat-a-lexical-database-for-russian
#18
Svetlana Alexeeva, Natalia Slioussar, Daria Chernova
In this article, we present StimulStat - a lexical database for the Russian language in the form of a web application. The database contains more than 52,000 of the most frequent Russian lemmas and more than 1.7 million word forms derived from them. These lemmas and forms are characterized according to more than 70 properties that were demonstrated to be relevant for psycholinguistic research, including frequency, length, phonological and grammatical properties, orthographic and phonological neighborhood frequency and size, grammatical ambiguity, homonymy and polysemy...
December 7, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160743/left-inferior-frontal-gyrus-sensitivity-to-phonetic-competition-in-receptive-language-processing-a-comparison-of-clear-and-conversational-speech
#19
Xin Xie, Emily Myers
The speech signal is rife with variations in phonetic ambiguity. For instance, when talkers speak in a conversational register, they demonstrate less articulatory precision, leading to greater potential for confusability at the phonetic level compared with a clear speech register. Current psycholinguistic models assume that ambiguous speech sounds activate more than one phonological category and that competition at prelexical levels cascades to lexical levels of processing. Imaging studies have shown that the left inferior frontal gyrus (LIFG) is modulated by phonetic competition between simultaneously activated categories, with increases in activation for more ambiguous tokens...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152716/erps-reveal-weaker-effects-of-spelling-on-auditory-rhyme-decisions-in-children-than-in-adults
#20
Suzanne E Welcome, Marc F Joanisse
A classic finding in psycholinguistics is that orthographic form influences the processing of auditory words. The aim of the present study was to examine how reading experience changes this effect. Specifically, we tested the prediction that top-down visual modulation of spoken word recognition is reduced in children compared to adults, owing to their reduced experience with print. Event-related potentials (ERPs) were measured as 8-10-year-old children and adults made rhyme decisions about spoken word pairs that were either orthographically similar or dissimilar...
November 20, 2017: Developmental Psychobiology
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