Visual attention shift to printed words during spoken word recognition in Chinese: The role of phonological information

Wei SHEN, Qingqing QU, Xiuhong TONG

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the extent to which phonological information mediates the visual attention shift to printed Chinese words in spoken word recognition by using an eye-movement technique with a printed-word paradigm. In this paradigm, participants are visually presented with four printed words on a computer screen, which include a target word, a phonological competitor, and two distractors. Participants are then required to select the target word using a computer mouse, and the eye movements are recorded. In Experiment 1, phonological information was manipulated at the full-phonological overlap; in Experiment 2, phonological information at the partial-phonological overlap was manipulated; and in Experiment 3, the phonological competitors were manipulated to share either fulloverlap or partial-overlap with targets directly. Results of the three experiments showed that the phonological competitor effects were observed at both the full-phonological overlap and partial-phonological overlap conditions. That is, phonological competitors attracted more fixations than distractors, which suggested that phonological information mediates the visual attention shift during spoken word recognition. More importantly, we found that the mediating role of phonological information varies as a function of the phonological similarity between target words and phonological competitors. Copyright © 2018 Psychonomic Society, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)642-654
JournalMemory and Cognition
Volume46
Issue number4
Early online dateJan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Citation

Shen, W., Qu, Q., & Tong, X. (2018). Visual attention shift to printed words during spoken word recognition in Chinese: The role of phonological information. Memory & Cognition, 46(4), 642-654. doi: 10.3758/s13421-018-0790-z

Keywords

  • Phonology
  • Spoken word recognition
  • Chinese
  • Printed-word paradigm

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