Foreign accents reduce false recognition rates in the DRM paradigm

Romero-Rivas, Carlos, Thorley, Craig, Skelton, Katie, and Costa, Albert (2019) Foreign accents reduce false recognition rates in the DRM paradigm. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 31 (5-6). pp. 507-521.

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More cognitive resources are required to comprehend foreign-accented than native speech. Focusing these cognitive resources on resolving the acoustic mismatch between the foreign-accented input and listeners' stored representations of spoken words can affect other cognitive processes. Across two studies, we explored whether processing foreign-accented speech reduces the activation of semantic information. This was achieved using the DRM paradigm, in which participants study word lists and typically falsely remember non-studied words (i.e. critical lures) semantically associated with the studied words. In two experiments, participants were presented with word lists spoken both by a native and a foreign-accented speaker. In both experiments we observed lower false recognition rates for the critical lures associated with word lists presented in a foreign accent, compared to native speech. In addition, participants freely recalled more studied words when they had been presented in a native, compared to a foreign, accent, although this difference only emerged in Experiment 2, where the foreign speaker had a very strong accent. These observations suggest that processing foreign-accented speech modulates the activation of semantic information.

Item ID: 58768
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2044-592X
Keywords: foreign-accented speech, semantic processing, DRM paradigm, recognition, false memory
Copyright Information: © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Funders: MINECO, Spanish Government (SG), Pla de Recerca i Innovació de Catalunya, Generalitat de Catalunya (PRIC), European Union (EU)
Projects and Grants: MINECO BES-2012-0566, SG PSI2011-2303, SG PSI2014-52181-P, PRIC 2017SGR2, EU grant agreement no. 613465 (AThEME)
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2019 23:12
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