Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC)

We study how people communicate with each other and how computer systems can be taught to communicate with us.


Jan Engelen

What: What looking at objects can tell us about text comprehension
Where: DZ 4
When: Wednesday, 11 November 2015, 12:30 - 13:30 hours

It is known that eye movements across a visual scene can be used to uncover ongoing linguistic processing. For instance, hearing someone talk about 'my scatter-brained dog Scotty' engenders looks toward a picture of a dog, as does the word 'barking' (Cooper, 1974). According to a simple eye-mind assumption, the timing of these looks relative to the linguistic input might tell us how long it took to process that input.

At the same time, it is unlikely that eye movements merely reflect an involuntary response to the linguistic input: the information extracted from the environment informs the comprehension process, and under certain circumstances, comprehenders may seek to 'offload' some part of their mental representation to the environment.

I will present a series of experiments that investigate the role of eye movements across visual scenes at two levels of discourse comprehension: constructing event-internal representations and establishing coherence across events.

When: 11 November 2015 12:30

End date: 11 November 2015 13:30