Research Seminar: Kamila Debowska-Kozlowska

Date: 22 May 2018

Time: 12:00 - 13.00

Location: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Computing, Queen Mother Building

Host: Centre for Argument Technology - University of Dundee

We are very pleased to announce this forthcoming seminar with Kamila Debowska-Kozlowska from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland.

Title: Experiments in persuasion in the E-Prime software

Abstract: The talk is divided into two parts. The first part is introductory and presents the basic principles of research design (e.g. controlling the confounding variables) and the implementation of a computerized experiment in the E-Prime software (i.e. constructing an experiment, pilot testing, formal data collection). The pattern of changes in the dependent variables such as reaction time and accuracy is explained. In the second part, a study on persuasion programmed in the E-Prime software is presented. The study focuses on the modulation of implicit and explicit persuasion by affect, expertise, argument strength and discrepancy effects in a non-native group of proficient English speakers. The study is based on the premise that in the bilingual information processing language choice is not a strategic variable facilitating persuasion (e.g. Noriega 2006). 445 non-natives of English took part in the study. A modified version of the Implicit Association Test and the Single-Item Evaluation Technique (SIET) programmed in E-Prime software were used. The study offers direct evidence based on the reaction time paradigm that affect has the highest significance in implicit persuasion processing.

Bio:Kamila Debowska-Kozlowska is Assistant Professor in the Department of Pragmatics of English at the Faculty of English at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. She works on argumentation and persuasion from the perspective of experimental, cognitive, affective, linguistic and social pragmatics. She has published in top journals such as Argumentation and has given talks on her research in The Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, UK and Australia where she has cooperated with other researchers in argumentation and cognitive linguistics. She is a member of a nationwide initiative ArgDiaP that supports the cooperation of representatives of the Polish School of Argumentation. She is a co-organiser of Warsaw Reasoning Week that will take place in Warsaw, Poland in September 2018.

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