Reviews several recent information-processing models of sentence-picture matching to assess their implications for sentence processing, focusing on the model of P. Carpenter and M. A. Just (see record 1975-09558-001). The representational component of the models describes a task-specific "verification representation" that is derived from a more general representation needed for comprehension. The specific models do not describe the processes by which these representations are derived; nor do the assumptions common to the models shed light on the structure of these verification representations. The models are, at best, detailed descriptions of the processes by which Ss verify sentences that they have already understood against pictures that they have already perceived. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).
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