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Investigating the basis of memory-based effects on common ground

Zheng, X; Breheny, R; (2021) Investigating the basis of memory-based effects on common ground. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience , 36 (8) pp. 941-958. 10.1080/23273798.2021.1899254. Green open access

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Abstract

Much previous research has investigated the effect of domain-general memory processes on production and comprehension in conversation. In this paper, we present a paradigm in which common ground targets are kept consistent between a participant and two different speakers, and demonstrate a speaker effect that draws participants’ attention away from the common ground target in Experiment 1. Further, we hypothesise that one important factor that promotes speaker identity as a cue for memory processes is that speakers are in conversational partners’ shared attention at the memory coding phase. In Experiments 2 and 3, we demonstrate a non-speaker cue can give rise to a memory-based interference effect when the relevant contextual information is in shared attention but not when it is not. Our results provide an important insight into the interplay of domain-general memory mechanisms and domain specific biases for shared attention.

Type: Article
Title: Investigating the basis of memory-based effects on common ground
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2021.1899254
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/23273798.2021.1899254
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Common ground; memory-based effects; shared attention; reference
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Linguistics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10129633
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