Anticipating causes and consequences

Garnham, Alan, Child, Scarlett and Hutton, Sam (2020) Anticipating causes and consequences. Journal of Memory and Language, 114. a104130. ISSN 0749-596X

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Abstract

Two visual world eye-tracking experiments investigated anticipatory looks to implicit causes and implicit consequences in two clause sentences with mental state verbs (Stimulus-Experiencer and Experiencer-Stimulus) in the first main clause, and an explicit cause or consequence in the second. The first experiment showed that, just as when all continuations are causes, people look early at the implicit cause, when all continuations are consequences they look early at the implicit consequence, for the same verbs. When causes and consequences are intermixed, people direct their looks at the cause or consequence on a trial-by-trial basis depending on the connective (“because” or “and so”). Numerically, causes were favored overall, even when all the endings were consequences, but the effect was only significant at the end of the sentences in Experiment 2. The results are discussed in terms of rapid deployment of causal and consequential information implicit in mental state verbs, and in relation to conflicting accounts of why causes or consequences might generally be favored.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: anticipation, implicit cause, implicit consequence
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2020 15:03
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2020 15:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/92123

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