The Chinese orthography has often been characterized as pictographic. Previous neuroimaging studies have reported bilateral processing of Chinese characters, in contrast with left-lateralized processing of alphabetic scripts. This ERP study examined the possible influence of one’s native writing system in picture processing. Trilingual participants were tested in a repetition detection task with mixed presentation of pictures and Chinese or English words. The participants were L1 readers of either Korean or Japanese, with both Chinese and English as L2s. The results showed greater N170 and smaller N400 by the Japanese group compared with the Korean readers. Interestingly, a significant interaction between group and language block in the N400 indicated that greater N400 in the English than Chinese block was exhibited by the Korean participants only. The overall findings are taken to reflect differential visual expertise and processing demands between the two groups, possibly resulting from their different L1 literacy experiences. Copyright © 2017 the Psychonomic Society.
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2017|
|Event||The 58th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society - Vancouver, Canada|
Duration: 09 Nov 2017 → 12 Nov 2017
|Conference||The 58th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society|
|Period||09/11/17 → 12/11/17|