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Perspective effects during reading: evidence from text change-detection

Bohan, Jason; Filik, Ruth

Authors

Jason Bohan jason.bohan@glasgow.ac.uk

Ruth Filik ruth.filik@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

We report two text change-detection studies in which we investigate the influence of reading perspective on text memory. In Experiment 1, participants read from the perspective of one of two characters in a series of short stories, and word changes were either semantically close or distant. Participants correctly reported more changes to perspective-relevant than -irrelevant words, and for distant than close changes. However, distance and perspective did not interact, suggesting that adopting a particular perspective did not lead to a more fine-grained analysis of perspective-relevant information. In Experiment 2, participants read one long narrative from the perspective of either a burglar or house-buyer. Results showed that only participants with a low working memory span showed perspective effects, suggesting that individual differences in working memory capacity appear to influence processing of perspective-relevant information.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Discourse Processes
Print ISSN 0163-853X
Electronic ISSN 1532-6950
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 55
Issue 2
APA6 Citation Bohan, J., & Filik, R. (in press). Perspective effects during reading: evidence from text change-detection. Discourse Processes, 55(2), doi:10.1080/0163853X.2017.1330020
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/0163853X.2017.1330020
Keywords Language comprehension, reading, perspective, text change-detection
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0163853X.2017.1330020
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Discourse Processes on 23 June 2017 available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/0163853X.2017.1330020

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