Effects Of Structural Priming And Regions On Reading Time Essay

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There was no interaction effect observed between structural priming and regions on reading time, F1 (2, 22) = 0.63, ns, η2p = .054; F2 (2, 48) = 1.57, ns, η2p = .061. Reading times were not significantly different at the target word between relevant and irrelevant structural primes, t (24) = 1.62, ns. Reading times were not significantly different at the word immediately after the ambiguous word, t (24) = 0.34, ns. Reading times were not significantly different at the second word following the ambiguous word, t (24) = 0.96, ns.

Discussion The current research aimed to understand how ambiguity is processed and whether it can be influenced by what is read before it. Mean accuracy was shown to be 86% which indicated that participants were reading for meaning and were attentive. The results indicated no significant difference between relevant and irrelevant structural prime conditions, which is contrary to the hypothesis put forth that the reading times of the irrelevant prime condition would increase while the relevant prime condition remained unaffected. The lack of a significant interaction effect between structural priming and word region also does not support the hypothesis. These results are different from what was found in previous research concerning structural priming and ambiguity (van Gompel et al., 2006). These results do not support either the Parallel Processing Hypothesis or the Serial Processing Hypothesis models as put forth by Frazier (1979). Both models…

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