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Cognitive Psychology

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Textbook Problem

What is syntactic coordination? Describe the syntactic priming experiment that was used to demonstrate syntactic coordination.

Summary Introduction

Introduction

When individuals exchange information in the form of a conversation, it is not uncommon for them to make use of similar grammatical structures. This similarity is known as syntactic coordination. Syntactic priming, however, refers to a phenomenon of hearing a specific statement with a definite syntactic construction which increases the likelihood that the same sentence will be constructed in an identical manner.

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Holly Branigan, along with her colleagues, demonstrated syntactic priming through a setup that involved give-and-take among two individuals. In this experiment, two persons participate in a conversation and the investigator identifies whether a particular grammatical construction used by the first person prompts the second individual to use the exact same construction. During the investigation, subjects were informed that the investigation was about the way people communicate when they are unable to see one another. This made them think that they were actually working with some other subject sitting behind the screen. However, in reality, one individual was working with the investigator and the other subject was working with some other participant...

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