Tense-focus and Survival Processing in the Highlands of Scotland
(2015) Tense-focus and Survival Processing in the Highlands of Scotland, no. 43.
The survival-processing advantage, originally noted by Nairne, Thompson and Pandeirada (2007), had been replicated in many studies. The current study hoped to continue that work of Wilson (2014), who used several well established processing scenarios as well as some that were newly developed. One newly developed scenario, designed to elicit survival processing but set in the Highlands of Scotland rather than the Grasslands of a foreign land, yielded significantly better recall than even the standard grasslands scenario. This phenomenon was deemed to merit further investigation. This study hopes to investigate the suggestion that the effect in the Highlands scenario may have been caused by eliciting planning for the future. However results were non-significant and therefore a different approach may be required.