Perspective effects during reading: evidence from text change-detection

Bohan, Jason and Filik, Ruth (2017) Perspective effects during reading: evidence from text change-detection. Discourse Processes . ISSN 1532-6950

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Abstract

We report two text change-detection studies in which we investigate the influence of reading perspective on text memory. In Experiment 1, participants read from the perspective of one of two characters in a series of short stories, and word changes were either semantically close or distant. Participants correctly reported more changes to perspective-relevant than -irrelevant words, and for distant than close changes. However, distance and perspective did not interact, suggesting that adopting a particular perspective did not lead to a more fine-grained analysis of perspective-relevant information. In Experiment 2, participants read one long narrative from the perspective of either a burglar or house-buyer. Results showed that only participants with a low working memory span showed perspective effects, suggesting that individual differences in working memory capacity appear to influence processing of perspective-relevant information.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Discourse Processes on 23 June 2017 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0163853X.2017.1330020
Keywords: Language comprehension, reading, perspective, text change-detection
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Psychology
Identification Number: 10.1080/0163853X.2017.1330020
Depositing User: Filik, Ruth
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2017 11:59
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2017 20:58
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/41315

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