Reference : Language-guided visual processing affects reasoning: the role of referential and spat...
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Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Theoretical & cognitive psychology
Language-guided visual processing affects reasoning: the role of referential and spatial anchoring.
Dumitru, Magdalena mailto [Université de Liège > Département de Psychologie > Psychopathologie cognitive >]
Joergensen, Gitte H. [> >]
Cruickshank, Alice G. [> >]
Altmann, Gerry T. M. [> >]
Consciousness and Cognition
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United States
[en] Attention/physiology ; Eye Movement Measurements ; Fixation, Ocular/physiology ; Humans ; Language ; Psychomotor Performance ; Reaction Time ; Saccades/physiology ; Space Perception/physiology ; Speech Perception/physiology ; Visual Perception/physiology
[en] Language is more than a source of information for accessing higher-order conceptual knowledge. Indeed, language may determine how people perceive and interpret visual stimuli. Visual processing in linguistic contexts, for instance, mirrors language processing and happens incrementally, rather than through variously-oriented fixations over a particular scene. The consequences of this atypical visual processing are yet to be determined. Here, we investigated the integration of visual and linguistic input during a reasoning task. Participants listened to sentences containing conjunctions or disjunctions (Nancy examined an ant and/or a cloud) and looked at visual scenes containing two pictures that either matched or mismatched the nouns. Degree of match between nouns and pictures (referential anchoring) and between their expected and actual spatial positions (spatial anchoring) affected fixations as well as judgments. We conclude that language induces incremental processing of visual scenes, which in turn becomes susceptible to reasoning errors during the language-meaning verification process.
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