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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Spanish-English speakers' text reading comprehension: An eye movements-EEG experiment

The purpose of this study is to better understand whether learners of a second language differ from native speakers in text comprehension processes. Concretely, native Spanish speakers will be reading in their second language (English) to assess some cognitive processes that take place during normal text comprehension. To disentangle the online course of these processes we will use both eye movements and electroencephalography (non-invasive techniques!). In addition, we will measure some behavioural tasks to explore individual differences.

Requirements: To take part, you must 1) be a Spanish-English speaker (you must have lived for at least the last year in an English-speaking country); 2) be between 18 and 35 years old; 3) have no known reading disability; 4) have normal, or corrected-to-normal vision; and 5) have no shaved head.

Duration: about 150 minutes; payment: £18-20 by an Amazon voucher; place: Dept. of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (University of Cambridge).

Please, contact Ana Pérez ( if you are interested in participating.