Posters and Talks

Letter co-occurrence statistics affects individual letter identification

Date: 

November, 2021

Venue: 

62nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Virtual, November 4-7, 2021

Reading involves an interaction of linguistic and perceptual processes, in which top-down, lexical knowledge aids letter perception. Does such facilitation interact with letter co-occurrence regularities? Skilled readers were briefly exposed to strings of five consonants; critically, letters in position 2 and 4 were embedded in either high (L in e.g., GLVTZ) or low (e.g., NLRTZ) transitional probability (TP) triplets. When presented with two strings differing by the critical letter (GLVTZ vs.

Anything special about visual word identification?

Date: 

February, 2021

Venue: 

Department talk at the Institut du Cerveau, Paris

Cross-word priming during sentence reading

Date: 

January, 2021

Venue: 

Congress of the Experimental Psychology Society, UK

There is little contact between theories of individual word identification and sentence processing models. In this talk, I present a study, led by Katarina Marjanovic and carried out in collaboration with Yamil Vidal, where we tried to bridge this gap by assessing cross-word priming during natural reading. By combining eye tracking and EEG, we found that cross-word semantic priming (“…the cat and the dog…” vs. “…the table and the dog…”) is solid and strong, both in eye tracking metrics and in Fixated-Related Potentials (FRPs). This is not the case for morphological priming (“…the cat and the dog…” vs. “…the cats and the dog…”), which doesn’t seem to emerge in sentence context.

Automatic morpheme identification in reading development: MEG evidence from Fast Periodic Visual Stimulation

Date: 

October, 2020

Venue: 

Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL) Annual Meeting, virtual edition, October 21-24, 2020

Morphemes are the smallest linguistic units that carry meaning (e.g., a complex word such as artist is composed of a stem, art-, and a suffix, -ist).

Implicit Statistical Learning in Fast Periodic Visual Stimulation

Date: 

October, 2020

Venue: 

Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL) Annual Meeting, virtual edition, October 21-24, 2020

Research on the neural underpinnings of linguistic representations has recently received a methodological boost with an approach that capitalises on the principle of neural entrainment by combining Fast Periodic Visual Stimulation (FPVS) and electrophysiological recordings (e.g., Lochy, Van Belle, & Rossion, 2015).

Tracking the pace of reading with finger movements

Date: 

October, 2020

Venue: 

Words in the World (WoW) International Conference, 16-18 October 2020 (online)

This talk presents a preliminary analysis of the data from ReadLET, a project studying reading development in children. It is based on a new paradigm that our colleagues at CNR in Pisa are developing, based on finger tracking on a tablet as children read passages of text, aiming to evaluate children’s reading skills, how they change in development and what plays a role in the process.

A developmental database of eye movement measures during natural reading

Date: 

June, 2020

Venue: 

Summer Neurolinguistics School 2020, Center for Language and Brain at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow, Russia - held online 22-24 June 2020

A highly ecological ability such as reading is often investigated through non-ecological experimental paradigms. The present work aims at providing the community with an ecological tool for future research, a developmental database of eye movement measures during natural reading. Eye movements were recorded from a large sample of Italian developing readers (N=140), aged 8–11, as they read 12 multiline passages taken from story-books for children (1566 tokens and 762 distinct types). Eye-tracking data were also recorded from a group of skilled adult readers (N=33), for comparison.

A developmental database of eye movement measures during natural reading

Date: 

May, 2020

Venue: 

Psycholinguistics in Flanders 2020, Kaiserslautern, Germany, May 7-8 2020 - POSTPONED due to Coronavirus emergency (to Fall 2020 or May 2021)

A highly ecological ability such as reading is often investigated through non-ecological experimental paradigms. The present work aims at complementing this approach by providing the community with a developmental database of eye movement measures during natural reading. Eye movements were recorded from a large sample of Italian developing readers (N=140), aged 8–11, as they read 12 multi-lined passages taken from story books for children (1566 tokens and 762 distinct types). Eye-tracking data were also recorded from a group of skilled adult readers (N=33), for comparison.

Form, function, meaning. A study on the distribution of inflectional morphemes in Italian

Date: 

February, 2020

Venue: 

19th International Morphology Meeting - Vienna, Austria - 6-8 February 2020

On the one hand, inflectional morphology can encode semantic features, such as numerosity or sex; on the other, its has a functional role. The agreement of morphological features disambiguates the relations between constituents in sentence parsing, and reduces processing effort by favoring word predictions (Dye et al., 2017; Wicha et al., 2004). Ideally, those processes should be favored by consistency between form and features.

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