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REGIONAL DIFFERENCES IN SPATIAL FRAME OF REFERENCE SYSTEMS FOR PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT AREAS OF CHINA
Li, Jing; Zhang, Kan
2009-04-01
Source PublicationPERCEPTUAL AND MOTOR SKILLS
ISSN0031-5125
SubtypeArticle
Volume108Issue:2Pages:587-596
AbstractLevinson defined spatial frame of reference systems into three types and found that people who spoke different languages all over the world had different habits in the use of these systems. Some quasi-experimental designed research in China suggested that Chinese people in various areas had different preferences for frame of reference systems in nonlinguistic spatial tasks. In this study, a newly designed and strictly controlled laboratory experiment was conducted to measure performance oil linguistic spatial tasks. Response times of two groups of participants, respectively selected from the north (10 men and 12 women; M age=24 yr., SD=4) and south (11 men and 12 women; M age 24 yr., SD=3) of China, were compared on processing of spatial terms used in different systems: absolute (e.g., cast) versus relative (e.g., right). To reduce the effect of living experience, the Northern participants with less than 4 yr. living experience in the south of China were included, and vice versa. Analysis showed that Southerners, but not Northerners, differed in response times to terms between absolute and relative systems. This finding suggests that speed of processing spatial terms differs among people who speak the uniform language Mandarin but live in geographically distinct home areas in China and use different frame of reference systems.; Levinson defined spatial frame of reference systems into three types and found that people who spoke different languages all over the world had different habits in the use of these systems. Some quasi-experimental designed research in China suggested that Chinese people in various areas had different preferences for frame of reference systems in nonlinguistic spatial tasks. In this study, a newly designed and strictly controlled laboratory experiment was conducted to measure performance oil linguistic spatial tasks. Response times of two groups of participants, respectively selected from the north (10 men and 12 women; M age=24 yr., SD=4) and south (11 men and 12 women; M age 24 yr., SD=3) of China, were compared on processing of spatial terms used in different systems: absolute (e.g., cast) versus relative (e.g., right). To reduce the effect of living experience, the Northern participants with less than 4 yr. living experience in the south of China were included, and vice versa. Analysis showed that Southerners, but not Northerners, differed in response times to terms between absolute and relative systems. This finding suggests that speed of processing spatial terms differs among people who speak the uniform language Mandarin but live in geographically distinct home areas in China and use different frame of reference systems.
Keywordlandscape cognition language
Subject Area认知心理学
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS IDWOS:000266318200028
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/5663
Collection中国科学院心理研究所回溯数据库(1956-2010)
AffiliationChinese Acad Sci, Grad Sch, Inst Psychol, State Key Lab Brain & Cognit Sci, Beijing 100864, Peoples R China
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Li, Jing,Zhang, Kan. REGIONAL DIFFERENCES IN SPATIAL FRAME OF REFERENCE SYSTEMS FOR PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT AREAS OF CHINA[J]. PERCEPTUAL AND MOTOR SKILLS,2009,108(2):587-596.
APA Li, Jing,&Zhang, Kan.(2009).REGIONAL DIFFERENCES IN SPATIAL FRAME OF REFERENCE SYSTEMS FOR PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT AREAS OF CHINA.PERCEPTUAL AND MOTOR SKILLS,108(2),587-596.
MLA Li, Jing,et al."REGIONAL DIFFERENCES IN SPATIAL FRAME OF REFERENCE SYSTEMS FOR PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT AREAS OF CHINA".PERCEPTUAL AND MOTOR SKILLS 108.2(2009):587-596.
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