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Can your native language influence what you see?

How much can you take in when you only have half a second to look at a picture? Nothing? The whole scene? It may all depend on your native language: Recent research from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics suggests Chinese speakers attend to different features in a scene compared to Dutch speakers, when they only have a couple of hundreds of milliseconds to extract information. 

Do you speak Chinese? How much can you see in half a second? Try it out yourself in our eye-tracking demo! Your eyes will give it all away!

Furthermore, you can put your labeling skills to the test in our sentence-picture matching task. An onion is an onion. Or is it? You decide! 

Friday 29 September

Vocabulary size and language processing 

Naming a picture of, for example, a cat is quite a complex task. You have to select exactly one word of the many words you know. Instead of the very similar sounding word rat or the word dog, which refers to a comparable animal, you need to select cat. What is most fascinating is that people with larger vocabularies are faster in selecting the right words, although they have to cope with a greater number of words in their vocabularies. 

Do you want to come face-to-face with this challenge that you are mastering with quite some ease in daily life? Then visit the booth of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. There you can do different tasks that are often used in psycholinguistic research and hear more about language processing and vocabulary. 

Saturday 30 September

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