Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-23215
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Does it help to see the speaker’s lip movements? : an investigation of cognitive load and mental effort in simultaneous interpreting
Authors: Gieshoff, Anne Catherine
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1075/tcb.00049.gie
10.21256/zhaw-23215
Published in: Translation, Cognition & Behavior
Volume(Issue): 4
Issue: 1
Page(s): 1
Pages to: 25
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: John Benjamins
ISSN: 2542-5277
2542-5285
Language: English
Subjects: Simultaneous interpreting; Arousal; Cognitive load; Pupillometry; Visual input
Subject (DDC): 418.02: Translating and interpreting
Abstract: Simultaneous interpreting combines auditory and visual information. Within a multitude of visual inputs that interpreters receive, the one from the speaker seems to be particularly important (Bühler 1985; Seubert 2019). One reason might be that lip movements enhance speech perception and might thus reduce cognitive load in simultaneous interpreting and hence, induce lower mental effort. This effect may be even more pronounced when noise is added to the source speech. This study was conducted to investigate cognitive load and mental effort during simultaneous interpreting (a) with and without the ability to see speaker’s lip movements, and (b) with and without interfering noise. A group of listeners was included to control for task-related effects. Mental effort and cognitive load were measured using pupillometry, interpreting accuracy measures, and subjective reports. The facilitation hypothesis for lip movements was not confirmed. However, the pupillometric data suggests that lip movements may increase arousal.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/23215
Fulltext version: Accepted version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Applied Linguistics
Organisational Unit: Institute of Translation and Interpreting (IUED)
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