Spatial language, visual attention, and perceptual stimulation

Coventry, Kenny R., Lynott, Dermot, Cangelosi, Angelo, Monrouxe, Lynn, Joyce, Dan and Richardson, Daniel C. (2010) Spatial language, visual attention, and perceptual stimulation. Brain and Language, 112 (3). pp. 202-213. ISSN 0093-934X

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Abstract

Spatial language descriptions, such as The bottle is over the glass, direct the attention of the hearer to particular aspects of the visual world. This paper asks how they do so, and what brain mechanisms underlie this process. In two experiments employing behavioural and eye tracking methodologies we examined the effects of spatial language on people’s judgements and parsing of a visual scene. The results underscore previous claims regarding the importance of object function in spatial language, but also show how spatial language differentially directs attention during examination of a visual scene. We discuss implications for existing models of spatial language, with associated brain mechanisms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: spatial language,visual attention,perceptual simulation,motion processing
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 18 May 2016 12:00
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2019 17:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/58832
DOI: 10.1016/j.bandl.2009.06.001

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