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The effects of emotional significance of foveal words on the parafoveal processing of N + 2 words in reading Chinese sentences
Yan,Ming1; Sommer,Werner2
2019-04-25
Source PublicationReading and Writing
ISSN15730905 09224777
Volume32Issue:5Pages:1243-1256
Abstract

The emotional significance of stimuli has a strong effect on lexical processing across different reading paradigms. In the present study, we investigated whether foveal and parafoveal lexical processing is influenced by foveal emotional words (positive, negative, or neutral) during the reading of Chinese sentences. We tested word N + 2 preview effect by manipulating the visibility of the upcoming word, located two words away from the foveal word. Processing benefits due to valid parafoveal preview were found for all three valence classes of foveal words. Most interestingly, for negative as compared to both neutral and positive foveal target words, the parafoveal preview effect was reduced when preview duration had been long. These findings suggest that negative words are more likely to attract readers’ attention, narrowing the attentional spotlight to the fovea as affected information becomes activated during word processing. We discuss implications for the notion of attention attraction due to emotional content.

KeywordChinese Emotion Eye Movement Reading
DOI10.1007/s11145-018-9914-x
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Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaEducation & Educational Research ; Psychology
WOS SubjectEducation & Educational Research ; Psychology, Educational
WOS IDWOS:000464899600007
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
Corresponding AuthorYan,Ming
Affiliation1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Macau,Taipa,Macao
2.Institut für PsychologieHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin,Berlin,Germany
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Yan,Ming,Sommer,Werner. The effects of emotional significance of foveal words on the parafoveal processing of N + 2 words in reading Chinese sentences[J]. Reading and Writing,2019,32(5):1243-1256.
APA Yan,Ming,&Sommer,Werner.(2019).The effects of emotional significance of foveal words on the parafoveal processing of N + 2 words in reading Chinese sentences.Reading and Writing,32(5),1243-1256.
MLA Yan,Ming,et al."The effects of emotional significance of foveal words on the parafoveal processing of N + 2 words in reading Chinese sentences".Reading and Writing 32.5(2019):1243-1256.
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