Hannah Howman
University of Nottingham
Eye movementPsychologyCognitive psychologyEmoticonWinkNegationPerceptionPraiseLiteral (computer programming)SarcasmIsolation (psychology)Focus (linguistics)GriceEmojiFace (sociological concept)Context (language use)Tone (literature)LinguisticsLiteral and figurative languageComprehensionInterpretation (philosophy)Reading (process)Eye trackingContext effectCriticism
Publications 4
#1Charlotte Garcia (University of Nottingham)
#2Alexandra Țurcan (University of Nottingham)H-Index: 3
Last. Ruth Filik (University of Nottingham)H-Index: 23
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Abstract null null There is evidence for an age-related decline in the ability to understand non-literal language such as sarcasm. There is also evidence to suggest that devices such as emoticons/emojis may influence sarcasm comprehension in younger adults. However, research examining whether such devices may improve written sarcasm comprehension in older adults is scarce. The present study used an online rating task to investigate the influence of the winking face emoji on both the interpretati...
This article addresses a current theoretical debate between modular and interactive accounts of sarcasm processing, by investigating the role of context (specifically, knowing that a character has been sarcastic before) in the comprehension of a sarcastic remark. An eye-tracking experiment was conducted in which participants were asked to read texts that introduced a character as being either sarcastic or not and ended in either a literal or an unfamiliar sarcastic remark. The results indicated ...
#1Hannah Howman (University of Nottingham)H-Index: 2
#2Ruth Filik (University of Nottingham)H-Index: 23
We present an eye-tracking experiment examining moment-to-moment processes underlying the comprehension of emoticons. Younger (18-30) and older (65+) participants had their eye movements recorded whilst reading scenarios containing comments that were ambiguous between literal or sarcastic interpretations (e.g., But you’re so quick though). Comments were accompanied by wink emoticons or full stops. Results showed that participants read earlier parts of the wink scenarios faster than those with fu...
#1Ruth Filik (University of Nottingham)H-Index: 23
#2Hannah Howman (University of Nottingham)H-Index: 2
Last. Rachel Giora (TAU: Tel Aviv University)H-Index: 31
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Theorists have debated whether our ability to understand sarcasm is principally determined by the context (Gibbs, 1994; Utsumi, 2000) or by properties of the comment itself (Giora, 1997; 2003; Grice, 1975). The current research investigated an alternative view which broadens the focus on the comment itself, suggesting that mitigating a highly positive concept by using negation generates sarcastic interpretations by default (Giora et al., 2015a, 2018). In the current study, pre-tests performed on...
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