Eye Movements Reveal the Dynamic Simulation of Speed in Language
Article first published online: 6 NOV 2013
© 2013 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Volume 38, Issue 2, pages 367–382, March 2014
How to Cite
Speed, L. J. and Vigliocco, G. (2014), Eye Movements Reveal the Dynamic Simulation of Speed in Language. Cognitive Science, 38: 367–382. doi: 10.1111/cogs.12096
- Issue published online: 24 MAR 2014
- Article first published online: 6 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 APR 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 23 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 10 MAY 2012
- ESRC. Grant Number: RES-062-23-2012
- Language comprehension;
- Eye movements
This study investigates how speed of motion is processed in language. In three eye-tracking experiments, participants were presented with visual scenes and spoken sentences describing fast or slow events (e.g., The lion ambled/dashed to the balloon). Results showed that looking time to relevant objects in the visual scene was affected by the speed of verb of the sentence, speaking rate, and configuration of a supporting visual scene. The results provide novel evidence for the mental simulation of speed in language and show that internal dynamic simulations can be played out via eye movements toward a static visual scene.