Conference Program

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Program Overview

9:00 - 12:00 Pre-Conference Workshops:
  A) "Eyes are the mirror of the soul: Using eye tracking to study discourse comprehension"
Johanna Kaakinen

This workshop will give you a brief overview on the possibilities and challenges of using eye tracking to study discourse comprehension. The emphasis will be on how the eye tracking method can be used to study reading of longer texts, which poses special demands on the experimental design and data analysis. Examples of reading studies conducted with developing readers will be presented to provide an overview of the challenges related to conducting eye tracking studies with children. The workshop will be hands-off, but there will be a “Questions-and-Answers” session for which you can send questions in advance (deadline 30.6.) to This workshop will be of interest to those who would like to get practical advice on how to design and analyze eye tracking studies, as well as researchers who are interested in understanding how the method can be applied to study discourse comprehension.
  B) "Nonlinear analysis methods for processes and products of discourse"
Sebastian Wallot

This workshop gives a hands-on introduction to contemporary nonlinear analysis methods. These methods are particularly useful for the analysis of ‘complex’ data that exhibit change over time or are comprised of properties that cannot be independently varied. Hence, these methods are perfectly suited for the analysis of discourse: Per definition, discourse is an activity that evolves in time, contains systematic sequential dependencies, and is organized in nested multi-level structures. Moreover, these methods can be applied to processes and products of discourse alike, such as eye-movements during text reading, voice recordings and non-verbal behavior during conversation, key-logging data during writing and even texts (such as diary entries) or transcripts. In this workshop, participants will be given an overview over current methodologies and their application in research related to discourse. The main part of the workshop will consist of hands-on training applying some of the analysis techniques to example data sets using R. Also, participants are encouraged to bring their own data sets to the workshop. Requirements: Participants will need to bring their own laptop with a current version of R installed. No extensive knowledge of R is required, but participants should be able to load/save data in R, and execute simple functions.
  C) "Analyzing experiments using linear mixed-effect models: A practical introduction"
Sascha Schroeder & Julia Knoepke

Text comprehension researchers usually collect data that are influenced by variables related to different sources (e.g., participant and text characteristics). Analyzing such data with ANOVA or multiple regression may lead to distorted results and flawed hypothesis tests. In contrast, (linear) mixed-effect models offer many advantages for efficiently analyzing such data. This workshop will provide a brief introduction to mixed models for text comprehension researchers, including hands-on exercises with the R-package lme4.
12:00 - 1:00 Break
1:00 - 2:30 Opening Ceremony
  Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award Keynote: Paul van den Broek
"Cognitive processes in discourse comprehension: The interplay of passive processes, coherence-based processes, and the evolving mental representation"
2:30 - 2:45 Coffee Break
2:45 - 4:30 Spoken Sessions
4:30 - 6:00 Poster Session 1 and Reception
7:00 Dinner at the Brewery Knallhütte
9:00 - 10:15 Spoken Sessions
10:15 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:15 Young Investigator Award Address: Scott Crossley
"Predicting text difficulty for adult readers"
11:15 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:45 Spoken Sessions
12:45 - 2:15 Lunch Break
  Governing Board Lunch at Restaurant Moritz
12:50 - 1:20 “Advances in SMI Eye Tracking Technology for Text & Discourse Research: Overview and Outlook”
Promotional presentation by SMI Eyetracking
2:15 - 3:15 Keynote: Arthur Jacobs
"Neurocognitive Poetics: Integrating Poetics and Neuroscience"
3:15 - 3:30 Coffee Break
3:30 - 5:00 Spoken Sessions
5:00 - 6:30 Poster Session 2
7:00 Conference Dinner at the Orangerie
9:00 - 10:00 Keynote: Barbara Kaup
"One- vs. two-step models of comprehension"
10:00 - 10:15 Coffee Break
10:15 - 11:45 Spoken Sessions
11:45 - 1:15 Lunch Break
  Editorial Board Lunch at Restaurant Karl's
1:15 - 2:45 Spoken Sessions
2:45 - 3:00 Coffee Break
3:00 - 4:30 Spoken Sessions
4:30 - 5:30 Closing Session & Business Meeting