Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Behavioral Sciences

First Advisor

Karl Bailey

Abstract

Different people have different perceptual patterns in response to language. Different language accents may influence visual cognition by increasing cognitive load when different objects are referenced in stories. The purpose of this study was to record differences in eye movement patterns while subjects listened to stories in two different accents which served as the accent-induced stimulus load to increase cognitive processing. Using the eye tracker, eye movement patterns were recorded as subjects looked at an object array on a computer screen. My hypothesis that subjects would delay eye movement patterns to target objects while listening to stories in a foreign accent as opposed to an American accent because of increase cognitive load was supported with a main effect in accent type of stories.

Subject Area

Visual perception., Listening comprehension., Eye--Movements., Eye tracking.

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