Sara Incera (Psychology, Eastern Kentucky University)
Title: The timing of the cognitive processes underlying bilingualism and the perception of foreign accents: Evidence from mouse tracking
The mouse-tracking paradigm allows researchers to better understand how cognitive processes unfold over time by recording participants’ responses using a computer mouse. In this talk, I will present a diverse set of cognitive experiments in which I used the mouse-tracking paradigm for data collection. The goal is to provide attendees with different ideas of the types of data you can get using mouse tracking. I will discuss results from a number of different tasks including a lexical decision, a Stroop, and a rating task. I will cover the implications of methodological decisions like presenting two versus four response alternatives, or presenting a dichotomous (Word/Nonword) versus a continuous (Foreign—-Native) response option. In addition, I will briefly discuss how to interpret and analyze mouse-tracking data, including common pitfalls and best practices. I will cover the strengths and weaknesses of the method so attendees can get a sense of the types of research questions that can be answered using the mouse-tracking paradigm. In my opinion, triangulating across paradigms (eye tracking, mouse tracking, ERPs) is the gold standard to provide a full picture of the cognitive processes at play.
Dr Sara Incera is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University. Her research interests include cognitive psychology, bilingualism, foreign accents, second language acquisition, and language development across the lifespan.
When: Tuesday, May 21, 10:00am
Where: room 461, 2001 McGill-College
Coffee will be served before the talk.
Accessibility: The talk will be held in an accessible building (note that the wheelchair-accessible entrance is on McGill-College; the entrance from Sherbrooke St has a few steps). Participants are invited to make us aware of any barriers to their participation or any accommodations that we can provide. firstname.lastname@example.org