Similarity-based interference in anaphora resolution in aphasia: Evidence from eye-tracking

The aim of this project is to investigate anaphora resolution and how factors such as locality and syntactic predictions, similarity-based interference and frequency affect online processing of sentences with pronouns and reflexives in English-speaking stroke patients with aphasia compared to neurotypical adults. This work is taking place at the MGH Neuropsychology Laboratory, whereas in carrying out this work, we are using the eye-tracking during listening method and the visual-world paradigm. This technique allows us to investigate real-time processing in individuals with aphasia and explore what drives comprehension failure (e.g., similarity-based interference and inability to inhibit competitors).