The On-Line Study of Sentence Comprehension: Eyetracking, ERPs and Beyond

The On-Line Study of Sentence Comprehension: Eyetracking, ERPs and Beyond

The On-Line Study of Sentence Comprehension: Eyetracking, ERPs and Beyond

The On-Line Study of Sentence Comprehension: Eyetracking, ERPs and Beyond

Synopsis

This book addresses important findings, assumptions, problems, hopes, and future guidelines on the use of advanced research techniques to study the moment-by-moment mental processes that occur while a reader or listener is understanding language. The core techniques are eye tracking and ERPs, with some extensions to others such as fMRI. The On-line Study of Sentence Comprehensionhas been written by top researchers in the field of psycholinguistics, who are also leading experts in the use of eye tracking and ERPs. This book combines comprehensive overviews of the state of the art on theoretical progress, the latest on assumptions behind the use of eye movements (reading and visual world) and ERPs methods with papers that address specific research questions. This work covers not only methodological issues but also discusses the theoretical progress in understanding language processing using temporally fine-grained methods.

Excerpt

This book addresses core findings, assumptions, problems, hopes, and future guidelines concerning the use of advanced research techniques such as eyetracking and erp, with some extensions to other techniques such as fMRI. Eyetracking and erp have been widely used in the last two decades in the field of psycholinguistics. a vast amount of data has been collected and has advanced our knowledge of the cognitive mechanisms and processes involved in comprehending and producing language. the techniques used to probe these studies allow us to ask new questions designed to advance our theoretical knowledge. This book, written by leading researchers in the field of psycholinguistics who are also leading experts in the use of these methods, will help us to better understand the theoretical, methodological, and practical questions in this field.

The genesis of this project was the organization of the Eighth AMLaP (Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing) Conference held in Adeje, Tenerife, the Canary Islands, from September 19 to 21, 2002. the book is based on papers delivered by invited speakers for a special session and selected papers presented at the conference. the conference was organized by Manuel Carreiras, Carlos Alvarez, Enrique Meseguer, Moises Betancort, and Horacio Barber. They were helped by Margaret Gillon, Beneharo Jordan, and Ana Ravina, who made life easier for everybody. the organizers were also assisted by a program committee of reviewers that included Gerry Altmann, Kathryn Bock, Julie Boland, Marc Brysbaert, Chuck Clifton, David Corina, Martin Corley, Albert Costa, Matt Crocker, Marica di Vincenzi, Janet Fodor, Eva Fernández, Fernanda Ferreira, Victor Ferreira, Angela Friederici, Susan Garnsey, Ted Gibson, Jonathan Grainger, Barbara Hemforth, José Manuel Igoa, Yuki Kamide, Frank Keller, Gerard Kempen, Lars Konieczny, Vincenzo Lombardo, Mary Ellen MacDonald, Brian McElree, Don Mitchell, Thomas Munte, Wayne Murray, Lee Osterhout, Neil Pearlmutter, Manuel Perea, Martin Pickering, Dave Plaut, Joel Pynte, Keith Rayner, Christoph Scheepers, Shari Speer, Suzanne Stevenson, Patrick Sturt, Marcus Taft, Mike Tanenhaus, Matt Traxler, John Trueswell, Jos van Berkum, and Gabriella Vigliocco. the conference was financed by the University of La Laguna, Caja Canarias, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Town Council of Adeje, and the Spanish Society for Experimental Psychology. the editors are very grateful to the conference organizers, the helpers, the reviewers of the program committee, and the financial supporters. They also like to deeply thank the contributing authors to the volume. They did a great job producing chapters, kindly answered our comments and suggestions, and were very efficient helping us to keep a tight schedule (on very few occasions some missed the first deadline but quickly caught up by the second!). Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to Yaiza Mena who assembled the camera-ready copy of the book to send to the publishers, and the people of Psychology Press who encouraged and helped us during the preparation of this volume, especially to Paul Dukes and Stacy Malyil.

Manuel Carreiras & Charles Clifton, Jr.
September 2003

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