Current Research

Anticipatory eye-movements in spoken English: Is literacy a factor?

This study examines whether our ability to read develops our ability to predict upcoming linguistic information based on previous input by employing the visual world paradigm and eye-tracking methodology.

A participant’s eye movements during an experimental trial in which prediction could be made (the only item on the screen that could be boiled/was semantically related to boiled was potato). The nodes are numbered indicating the order of fixations on the items. The participant’s eyes move to potato BEFORE the onset of the verb (boiled), indicating that they engaged in predictive processing.

A Conceptual Replication of Elgort (2011): Deliberate Vocabulary Acquisition in a Second Language

Elgort (2011) set out to test the Acquisition-Learning Hypothesis of Monitor theory (Krashen, 1982, p.83) by using flashcards as a means of deliberate learning for pseudowords and lexical decision tasks as a means of testing for acquisition/implicit vocabulary knowledge. The findings demonstrated that deliberate learning could in fact result in acquisition. The present study aims to replicate this study using self-paced reading as an online measure of implicit knowledge/acquisition in addition to replicating Experiments 1 and 3 of Elgort (2011).