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Accepted in JEP:LMC: Ostarek et al. ‘Saccade trajectories reveal dynamic interactions …’

Abstract: Implicit up/down words, such as bird and foot, systematically influence performance on visual tasks involving immediately following targets in compatible vs. incompatible locations. Recent studies have observed that the semantic relation between prime words and target pictures can strongly influence the size and even the direction of the effect: Semantically related targets are processed faster in congruent vs. incongruent locations (location-specific priming), whereas unrelated targets are processed slower in congruent locations. Here, we used eye-tracking to investigate the moment-to-moment…

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De Groot et al: ‘Language-induced visual and semantic biases … ‘ published in print in VisualCognition

Abstract: Visual attention is biased by both visual and semantic representations activated by words. We investigated to what extent language-induced visual and semantic biases are subject to task demands. Participants memorized a spoken word for a verbal recognition task, and performed a visual search task during the retention period. Crucially, while the word had to be remembered in all conditions, it was either relevant for the search (as it also indicated the target) or irrelevant (as it only served the…

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Even learning to read in your thirties profoundly transforms brain networks

Learning to read as an adult reconfigures brain areas hitherto assigned to different skills. Most strikingly, scientists also found fundamental changes in evolutionary old areas - deep in the brain. This was observed in illiterate Indian women who learned how to read and write for six months. An international research team led by the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psycholinguistics and the MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences publishes the results in Science Advances. Reading is such a new…

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