Perspective effects during reading: evidence from text change-detection

Bohan, J. and Filik, R. (2018) Perspective effects during reading: evidence from text change-detection. Discourse Processes, 55(2), pp. 113-122. (doi: 10.1080/0163853X.2017.1330020)

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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.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bohan, Dr Jason and Filik, Dr Ruth
Authors: Bohan, J., and Filik, R.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Discourse Processes
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1532-6950
Published Online:23 June 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
First Published:First published in Discourse Processes 55(2):113-122
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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