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Online mouse cursor trajectories distinguish phonological activation by linguistic and nonlinguistic sounds

Online mouse cursor trajectories distinguish phonological activation by linguistic and nonlinguistic sounds

Baker-Kukona, Anuenue ORCID: 0000-0003-4377-3057 and Jordan, Adrian (2022) Online mouse cursor trajectories distinguish phonological activation by linguistic and nonlinguistic sounds. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-022-02153-6)

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Abstract

Four online mouse cursor tracking experiments (total N = 208) examined the activation of phonological representations by linguistic and nonlinguistic auditory stimuli. Participants hearing spoken words (e.g., “bell”) produced less direct mouse cursor trajectories toward corresponding pictures or text when visual arrays also included phonologically related competitors (e.g., belt) as compared with unrelated distractors (e.g., hose), but no such phonological competition was observed during environmental sounds (e.g., the ring of a bell). While important similarities have been observed between spoken words and environmental sounds, these experiments provide novel mouse cursor evidence that environmental sounds directly activate conceptual knowledge without needing to engage linguistic knowledge, contrasting with spoken words. Implications for theories of conceptual knowledge are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cohort competition Environmental sounds Mouse cursor tracking Phonological competition
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2022 09:35
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/37081

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