Submitted Papers

Algorithms for the automated correction of vertical drift in eye tracking data

Journal: 

Behavior Research Methods (target journal)

Date: 

June, 2020

We evaluate nine algorithms for the correction of “vertical drift” in eye tracking data — the vertical displacement of fixations that results from a gradual loss of eye tracker calibration over time. This correction is particularly important for experiments that involve reading multiline texts because it is critical that fixations on one line of text are not erroneously assigned to an adjacent line. Our results — based on both simulated and natural eye tracking data — show that certain algorithms are better than others on particular kinds of vertical drift and reading behavior.

Does morphological structure mediate access to embedded word meaning in child readers?

Journal: 

Journal of Memory and Language

Date: 

June, 2020

Beginning readers have been shown to be sensitive to the meaning of embedded neighbors (e.g., CROW in CROWN). Moreover, developing readers are sensitive to the morphological structure of words (TEACH-ER). However, the interaction between orthographic and morphological processes in meaning activation during reading is not well established. We addressed this issue with a semantic categorization experiment with elementary school children.

Link to OSF (preprint, data, and script): https://osf.io/62w95/.

Timecourse and convergence of abstract and concrete knowledge in the anterior temporal lobe

Journal: 

bioRxiv

Date: 

June, 2020

Recent evidence points to the anterior temporal lobe (ATL) as a crucial semantic hub integrating both abstract and concrete conceptual features according to a dorsal-to-medial gradient. It is however unclear when this conceptual gradient emerges and how semantic information reaches the ATL during conceptual retrieval. Here we addressed this issue via a multiple regression approach to magnetoencephalography signals of spoken words, combined with dimensionality reduction in concrete and abstract semantic feature spaces. Results showed that the dorsal-to-medial abstract-to-concrete ATL gradient emerges only in late stages of word processing: Abstract and concrete semantic information are initially encoded in posterior temporal regions and travel along separate cortical pathways eventually converging in the ATL.

The paper is available as a pre-print on bioRxiv.

The limits of unconscious semantic processing

Journal: 

Psychological Science

Date: 

April, 2020

Do supraliminal and subliminal priming capture different facets of words’ semantic representations? We used metaphorical priming between space and time as a test bed for this question, and find results suggesting that unconscious word processing is mostly limited to linguistically–encoded information, while consciousness may be needed to fully activate semantic representations.

Check out more on OSF/PsyArXiv, where you can find a pre-print of the paper and all the relevant data and analysis scripts.

Morphological priming of inflectional suffixes

Journal: 

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition

Date: 

January, 2020

This paper investigates inflectional suffix priming in Slovene, and compare it to stem priming. Read more in the paper pre-print here

Masked morphological priming tracks the development of a fully mature lexical system in L2

Journal: 

Journal of Memory and Language

Date: 

June, 2019

This paper investigates masked orthographic and morphological priming in L1 Italian, L2 English readers, whose L2 proficiency profile was assessed with a wide battery of tests. Read more by clicking on the title or, to see what we found, check out our pre-print here

 

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