Accession Number:

ADA277547

Title:

Reading: Interaction With Memory

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Mar 90-31 Aug 93,

Corporate Author:

NORTHWESTERN UNIV EVANSTON IL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-12-15

Pagination or Media Count:

191.0

Abstract:

The topic of the supported research was reading, and the ways information in memory can contribute to the inference processes that occur during reading. One source of information for inference processes is short-term memory for parts of a text that have already been read. Experiments investigated how this information is made available to allow, for example, inferences that decide the correct referent of a pronoun, or inferences that relate via causality two events described by the text. Experiments also examined the local representation constructed for a text, testing our proposal that locally available information is structured by the linguistic, semantic, and pragmatic means by which the information is expressed. A second line of research examined interactions between inference processes and well-known information from long- term memory, examining knowledge of the semantic structures of verbs, knowledge of what concepts are frequently associated with each other, and knowledge about how lexical items are used in various contexts. Reading, Memory, Language, Comprehension

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE