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Comprehending ambiguous texts: A high reading span helps to constrain the situation model

Dutke, Stephan and Von Hecker, Ulrich ORCID: 2011. Comprehending ambiguous texts: A high reading span helps to constrain the situation model. Journal of Cognitive Psychology 23 (2) , pp. 227-242. 10.1080/20445911.2011.485127

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Research has found that span measures of working memory often predict the quality of processes at the level of the text representation, but rarely at the level of the situation model. In the present study, the generality of this finding was reassessed. In two experiments, narratives conveying incremental amounts of diagnostic information about the situation described in the text were presented. The results indicated that comprehension processes at the situation model level were related to reading span. High-span readers had a better understanding than low-span readers of which situations were incompatible with the information they had read. High-span readers thus appeared better able to deactivate possible alternative representations of the situation constructed so far when those alternatives could be ruled out. The results are discussed in the context of text comprehension theories at the level of sentence versus situation model processing.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reading span, Situation models, Text comprehension, Working memory
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 2044-5911
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 09:16

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