Eye movements during reference production: Testing the effects of perceptual grouping on referential overspecification

Ruud Koolen, Yorick Fliervoet

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Abstract

When referring to a target object in a visual scene, speakers are assumed to consider certain distractor objects that are visible to be more relevant than others. However, previous research that has tested this assumption has mainly applied offline measures of visual attention, such as the occurrence of overspecification in speakers’ target descriptions. Therefore, in the current study, we take both online (eyetracking) and offline (overspecification) measures of attention, to study how perceptual grouping affects scene perception, and reference production. We manipulated three grouping principles: region of space, type similarity, and color similarity. For all three factors, we found effects, either on eye movements (region of space), overspecification (color similarity), or both (type similarity). The results for type similarity provide direct evidence for the close link between scene perception and reference production.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
EditorsG. Gunzelmann, A. Howes, T. Tenbrink, E. Davelaar
PublisherThe Cognitive Science Society
Pages2439-2444
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780991196760
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Eventcogsci 2017 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jul 201729 Jul 2017

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Conferencecogsci 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period26/07/1729/07/17

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Keywords

  • Reference production
  • Perceptual grouping
  • Eye movements
  • Overspecification
  • Visual scene perception

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Koolen, R., & Fliervoet, Y. (2017). Eye movements during reference production: Testing the effects of perceptual grouping on referential overspecification. In G. Gunzelmann, A. Howes, T. Tenbrink, & E. Davelaar (Eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2439-2444). The Cognitive Science Society.
Koolen, Ruud ; Fliervoet, Yorick. / Eye movements during reference production : Testing the effects of perceptual grouping on referential overspecification. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. editor / G. Gunzelmann ; A. Howes ; T. Tenbrink ; E. Davelaar. The Cognitive Science Society, 2017. pp. 2439-2444
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Koolen, R & Fliervoet, Y 2017, Eye movements during reference production: Testing the effects of perceptual grouping on referential overspecification. in G Gunzelmann, A Howes, T Tenbrink & E Davelaar (eds), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. The Cognitive Science Society, pp. 2439-2444, cogsci 2017, London, United Kingdom, 26/07/17.

Eye movements during reference production : Testing the effects of perceptual grouping on referential overspecification. / Koolen, Ruud; Fliervoet, Yorick.

Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. ed. / G. Gunzelmann; A. Howes; T. Tenbrink; E. Davelaar. The Cognitive Science Society, 2017. p. 2439-2444.

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Koolen R, Fliervoet Y. Eye movements during reference production: Testing the effects of perceptual grouping on referential overspecification. In Gunzelmann G, Howes A, Tenbrink T, Davelaar E, editors, Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. The Cognitive Science Society. 2017. p. 2439-2444