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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

The Effect of Delay on Metacomprehension of Negated Text

The present research aims to determine whether a delay will impact the accuracy of metacomprehension (i.e., reader's judgment of their own comprehension) of negated text (i.e., text including words like no, not, or never). As negated text has been found to be more difficult to understand, and readers metacomprehension is not necessarily accurate, an assessment of conditions under which comprehension and/or metacomprehension can improve is important. Negation research suggests that difficulties arising with the processing of this type of construction can be resolved after a short delay. Therefore, this research investigates whether readers metacomprehension is more accurate after the same short delay. Participants reading passages, complete a judgment of comprehension (either immediately or after a pause), and then answer a comprehension question. Comparing metacomprehension judgments to actual scores of comprehension give an indication of whether readers are more accurate under delay conditions than when making immediate judgments.

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Presenters: Casey Driscoll (Undergraduate Student)
Elizabeth Stephenson (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 104 Edwards
Time: 11:15 am Session II