Anticipatory baseline effects and information integration in visual world studies

Barr, D.J. , Gann, T.M. and Pierce, R.S. (2011) Anticipatory baseline effects and information integration in visual world studies. Acta Psychologica, 137(2), pp. 201-207. (doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2010.09.011)

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Researchers often conduct visual world studies to investigate how listeners integrate linguistic information with prior context. Such studies are likely to generate anticipatory baseline effects (ABEs), differences in listeners' expectations about what a speaker might mention that exist before a critical speech stimulus is presented. ABEs show that listeners have attended to and accessed prior contextual information in time to influence the processing of the critical speech stimulus. However, further evidence is required to show that the information actually did influence subsequent processing. ABEs can compromise the validity of inferences about information integration if they are not appropriately controlled. We discuss four solutions: statistical estimation, experimental control, elimination of "on-target" trials, and neutral gaze. An experiment compares the performance of these solutions, and suggests that the elimination of on-target trials introduces bias in the direction of ABEs, due to the statistical phenomenon of regression toward the mean. We conclude that statistical estimation, possibly coupled with experimental control, offers the most valid and least biased solution.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:eye_gaze, methodology, statistics, visual_world
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barr, Dr Dale
Authors: Barr, D.J., Gann, T.M., and Pierce, R.S.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Journal Name:Acta Psychologica
Published Online:20 October 2010

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