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Influence of Visual and Linguistic Context on Object Pronoun Processing: EEG and Eye-Tracking Provide New Information

Verhoeven, Rosa (2018) Influence of Visual and Linguistic Context on Object Pronoun Processing: EEG and Eye-Tracking Provide New Information. Bachelor's Thesis, Artificial Intelligence.

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Abstract

This study aimed to investigate whether and how visual and linguistic context affect the processing of object pronouns (‘him’, ‘her’). Recent studies have shown, by measuring pupil dilation, that context information affects object-pronoun processing in an early stage and interacts with grammatical processing. In the current study, we investigated the influence and the exact timing of those contexts on object-pronoun processing by co-registering EEG and pupil dilation. With a 2x2x2 within-subject design, we investigated the effects of visual context (other-oriented vs self-oriented action; e.g., a picture with a mouse touching a squirrel with a spoon, or a mouse touching himself with a spoon), discourse prominence (the introduction sentence introduces the actor first or second; ‘You just saw a mouse and a squirrel.’ vs ‘You just saw a squirrel and a mouse.’), and referring expression (the test sentence contains an object pronoun or a reflexive (fillers); ‘The mouse touched him / himself with a spoon.’). Surprisingly, we found that visual and linguistic context do not have an influence on object-pronoun processing. However, we did find an influence of visual context on the processing of reflexives in EEG and an interaction between visual and linguistic context in pupil dilation.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Supervisor:
Supervisor nameSupervisor E mail
Borst, J.P.J.P.Borst@rug.nl
Rij-Tange, J.C. vanJ.C.van.Rij@rug.nl
Degree programme: Artificial Intelligence
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2018
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2018 12:41
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/17995

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