Processing new and repeated names: Effects of coreference on repetition priming with speech and fast RSVP

C. Christine Camblin, Kerry Ledoux, Megan Boudewyn, Peter C. Gordon, Tamara Y. Swaab

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Abstract

Previous research has shown that the process of establishing coreference with a repeated name can affect basic repetition priming. Specifically, repetition priming on some measures can be eliminated for repeated names that corefer with an entity that is prominent in the discourse model. However, the exact nature and timing of this modulating effect of discourse are not yet understood. Here, we present two ERP studies that further probe the nature of repeated name coreference by using naturally produced connected speech and fast-rate RSVP methods of presentation. With speech we found that repetition priming was eliminated for repeated names that coreferred with a prominent antecedent. In contrast, with fast-rate RSVP, we found a main effect of repetition that did not interact with sentence context. This indicates that the creation of a discourse model during comprehension can affect repetition priming, but the nature of this effect may depend on input speed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-184
Number of pages13
JournalBrain research
Volume1146
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 18 2007

Keywords

  • Coreference
  • ERP
  • Language comprehension
  • Repetition priming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology

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