Fluency expresses implicit knowledge of tonal symmetry

Ling, Xiaoli, Li, Fengying, Qiao, Fuqiang, Guo, Xiuyan and Dienes, Zoltan (2016) Fluency expresses implicit knowledge of tonal symmetry. Frontiers in Psychology, 7 (57). ISSN 1664-1078

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The purposes of the present study were twofold. First, we sought to establish whether tonal symmetry produces processing fluency. Second, we sought to explore whether symmetry and chunk strength express themselves differently in fluency, as an indication of different mechanisms being involved for sub- and supra-finite state processing. Across two experiments, participants were asked to listen to and memorize artificial poetry showing a mirror symmetry (an inversion, i.e., a type of cross serial dependency); after this training phase, people completed a four-choice RT task in which they were presented with new artificial poetry. Participants were required to identify the stimulus displayed. We found that symmetry sped up responding to the second half of strings, indicating a fluency effect. Furthermore, there was a dissociation between fluency effects arising from symmetry vs. chunk strength, with stronger fluency effects for symmetry rather than chunks in the second half of strings. Taken together, we conjecture a divide between finite state and supra-finite state mechanisms in learning grammatical sequences.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: Lene Hyltoft
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2016 11:03
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 19:52
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/61604

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