Children’s semantic and world knowledge overrides fictional information during anticipatory language processing

Ruth Lee, Craig Chambers, Falk Huettig, Patricia Ganea

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Abstract

Using real-time eye-movement measures, we asked how a fantastical discourse context competes with stored representations of semantic and world knowledge to influence children's and adults' moment-by-moment interpretation of a story. Seven-year-olds were less effective at bypassing stored semantic and world knowledge during real-time interpretation than adults. Nevertheless, an effect of discourse context on comprehension was still apparent.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
Pages730-735
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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