Using the visual world paradigm to study language processing: A review and critical evaluation

Falk Huettig (Corresponding Author), Joost Rommers, Antje S. Meyer

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We describe the key features of the visual world paradigm and review the main research areas where it has been used. In our discussion we highlight that the paradigm provides information about the way language users integrate linguistic information with information derived from the visual environment. Therefore the paradigm is well suited to study one of the key issues of current cognitive psychology, namely the interplay between linguistic and visual information processing. However, conclusions about linguistic processing (e.g., about activation, competition, and timing of access of linguistic representations) in the absence of relevant visual information must be drawn with caution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-171
Number of pages21
JournalActa Psychologica
Issue number2
Early online date1 Feb 2011
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011



  • Attention
  • Language
  • Vision
  • Eye movements
  • Visual world paradigm

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