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Language-vision interactions

How do spoken language, memory, attention, and vision determine eye gaze in the visual world?

  • Researchers: Floor de Groot, Florian Hintz, Falk Huettig, Alastair Smith.
  • Main collaborators: Rob Hartsuiker (Ghent University), James McQueen (Radboud University Nijmegen), Padraic Monaghan (Lancaster University), Chris Olivers (VU Amsterdam).
  • Key publications:
    • Theoretical
      • Huettig, F., Mishra, R. K., & Olivers, C. N. L. (2012). Mechanisms and representations of language-mediated visual attention. Frontiers in Psychology, 2, 394.
      • Huettig, F., Olivers, C. N. L., & Hartsuiker, R. J. (2011). Looking, language, and memory: Bridging research from the visual world and visual search paradigms. Acta Psychologica, 137, 138-150.
    • Computational
      • Smith, A., Monaghan, P., & Huettig, F. (2017). The multimodal nature of spoken word processing in the visual world: Testing the predictions of alternative models of multimodal integration. Journal of Memory and Language, 93, 276-303.
    • Empirical
      • De Groot, F., Huettig, F., & Olivers, C. N. L. (2017). Language-induced visual and semantic biases in visual search are subject to task requirements. Visual Cognition25, 225-240.
      • De Groot, F., Huettig, F., & Olivers, C. N. L. (2016a). Revisiting the looking at nothing phenomenon: Visual and semantic biases in memory search. Visual Cognition, 24, 226-245.
      • De Groot, F., Huettig, F., & Olivers, C. N. L. (2016b). When meaning matters: The temporal dynamics of semantic influences on visual attention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42(2), 180-196.
      • Huettig, F., & Altmann, G. T. M. (2011). Looking at anything that is green when hearing ‘frog’: How object surface colour and stored object colour knowledge influence language-mediated overt attention. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology64(1), 122-145.
      • Huettig, F., & Altmann, G. T. M. (2007). Visual-shape competition during language-mediated attention is based on lexical input and not modulated by contextual appropriateness. Visual Cognition15(8), 985-1018.
      • Huettig, F., & Altmann, G. T. M. (2005). Word meaning and the control of eye fixation: Semantic competitor effects and the visual world paradigm. Cognition, 96(1), B23-B32.
      • Huettig, F., & McQueen, J. M. (2007). The tug of war between phonological, semantic and shape information in language-mediated visual search. Journal of Memory and Language57(4), 460-482.
      • Johnson, E., McQueen, J. M., & Huettig, F. (2011). Toddlers’ language-mediated visual search: They need not have the words for it. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 1672-1682.
      • McQueen, J. M., & Huettig, F. (2014). Interference of spoken word recognition through phonological priming from visual objects and printed words. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 76, 190-200.
    • Method
      • De Groot, F., Koelewijn, T., Huettig, F., & Olivers, C. N. L. (2016). A stimulus set of words and pictures matched for visual and semantic similarity. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 28(1), 1-15.
      • Huettig, F., Rommers, J., & Meyer, A. S. (2011). Using the visual world paradigm to study language processing: A review and critical evaluation. Acta Psychologica, 137, 151-171.
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