Accession Number : ADA268150


Title :   Processes Involved in the Integrated of Pictures and Discourse


Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 1 Jun 92-31 May 93,


Corporate Author : WISCONSIN UNIV-MADISON DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY


Personal Author(s) : Glenberg, Arthur


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a268150.pdf


Report Date : 07 Jul 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 2


Abstract : During the period 7/92 to 6/93 Peter Kruley conducted experiments studying the comprehension of illustrated texts; he took a leading role in designing the experiments, writing and debugging computer programs used in the collection of data, collecting actual subject data, and analyzing the data. In two experiments conducted from June to November 1992, subjects read scientific texts, either with or without illustrations, while simultaneously performing tasks that stressed working memory. The goal of the experiments was to investigate the contribution of spatial and non-spatial working memory to the comprehension of texts; the results showed that performance of a concurrent spatial task was impaired when subjects read illustrated texts, whereas performance of a non-spatial task was not so impaired. Thus evidence was found for on-line use of the visuo-spatial sketchpad (Baddeley, 1986) during comprehension of illustrated texts.


Descriptors :   *MEMORY(PSYCHOLOGY) , *VISUAL AIDS , COMPUTER PROGRAMS , DATA ACQUISITION , COMPREHENSION , DEBUGGING(COMPUTERS) , WRITING , COGNITION


Subject Categories : Psychology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE