Effects of speaker gaze versus depicted actions on visual attention during sentence comprehension

Helene KreysaFriedrich Schiller University of Jena
Pia KnoeferleBielefeld University
Eva M. NunnemannBielefeld University

Abstract

An eye-tracking study compared the effects of actions (depicted as tools between on-screen characters) with those of a speaker’s gaze and head shift between the same two characters. In previous research, each of these cues has rapidly influenced language comprehension on its own, but few studies have directly compared these two cues or, more generally, distinct non-linguistic cues in their effects on real-time sentence comprehension. We investigated how participants used action tools and speaker gaze separately and in combination for visually anticipating the upcoming mention of a sentence referent. We discuss implications for accounts of visually situated language comprehension.

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