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Integration of Visual and Linguistic Information in Spoken Language Comprehension

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Integration of Visual and Linguistic Information in Spoken Language Comprehension

M K Tanenhaus et al. Science.

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  • Science. 2005 Feb 11;307(5711):851

Abstract

Psycholinguists have commonly assumed that as a spoken linguistic message unfolds over time, it is initially structured by a syntactic processing module that is encapsulated from information provided by other perceptual and cognitive systems. To test the effects of relevant visual context on the rapid mental processes that accompany spoken language comprehension, eye movements were recorded with a head-mounted eye-tracking system while subjects followed instructions to manipulate real objects. Visual context influenced spoken word recognition and mediated syntactic processing, even during the earliest moments of language processing.

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