Aleksandra Dobrego

Aleksandra Dobrego
University of Helsinki | HY · Department of Languages

Master of Arts

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Introduction
I am a PhD candidate at the University of Helsinki, Finland. I have an international academic and research experience with a background in linguistics and cognitive science. Interested in interdisciplinary research in language and cognition. You can reach me on +358413182901 or at aleksandra.dobrego@helsinki.fi
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November 2021 - November 2021
KONE
Position
  • Visiting researcher
September 2019 - present
University of Helsinki
Position
  • PhD Candidate
September 2018 - September 2019
University of Helsinki
Position
  • Visiting researcher
Education
September 2016 - July 2018
Saint Petersburg State University
Field of study
  • Cognitive Studies
September 2012 - July 2016
Saint Petersburg State University
Field of study
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Publications (12)
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Prior research has suggested that the identification and encoding of letter positions within letter strings might be influenced by orthography. Letters in transparent languages (e.g., Greek) with regular grapheme-to-phoneme correspondences are processed sequentially, whereas letters in deep languages (e.g., English) are processed in parallel. In th...
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Although many studies have shown that language processing is affected by language experience, most of them have typically focused on the processing of unnatural speech – phonemes, sounds or words – that hardly represent the spontaneity of the speech we encounter every day. In this study, we investigated how adult individuals with excellent command...
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Chunking language has been proposed to be vital for comprehension enabling the extraction of meaning from a continuous stream of speech. However, neurocognitive mechanisms of chunking are poorly understood. The present study investigated neural correlates of chunk boundaries intuitively identified by listeners in natural speech drawn from linguisti...
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Our study aims at examining cross-linguistic differences in naturalistic speech perception. We hypothesised that size of chunks in Swedish, Russian and Finnish is affected by differences in the structure of these languages. We chose extracts of spontaneous spoken speech and asked native speakers to mark boundaries between speech segments. We operat...
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Our aim is to examine chunking behavior, that is, the way humans segment spontaneous speech. In this paper, we define chunks as units of processing (see Mauranen 2018, Sinclair & Mauranen 2006). We find it likely that several factors contribute to the ways in which listeners segment linguistic input in authentic language use. We carried out an ex...
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Language arranges itself along a continuous line, either in time (speech) or in space (text). As human working memory is finite and presumably limited to approx. 4 units of information (Cowan 2001), it is largely uncontested by now that language processing must proceed in some kind of units or chunks (see Christiansen and Chater 2016). What these o...
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Texts comprise a large part of visual information that we process every day, so one of the tasks of language science is to make them more accessible. However, often the text design process is focused on the font size, but not on its type; which might be crucial especially for the people with reading disabilities. The current paper represents a stud...
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As suggested by a theoretical model of Linear Unit Grammar (Sinclair & Mauranen 2006), efficient comprehension of continuous speech assumes segmentation of speech flow into manageable chunks. Furthermore, it has recently been shown that people’s choices regarding the locations of boundaries separating two consecutive chunks tend to converge with hi...
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Рассматривается процесс парафовеальной обработки букв кириллического алфавита с учетом типа шрифта: моноширинного и пропорционального. Исследование выявляет, что а) точность распознавания букв в изоляции значительно выше, чем в составе последовательности, независимо от типа шрифта; б) тип шрифта влияет на точность распознавания буквы в составе посл...
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Despite of letters being in the spotlight of research on visual information processing, the mechanism of letter recognition remains unclear. We conducted two boundary experiments to check if the font (fixed-width Courier New vs. proportional Georgia) influences legibility of Cyrillic letters. Participants had to name a letter presented in parafovea...
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There is an agreement that in alphabetic writing systems printed words are recognized via their constituent letters. Eye-movement research previously demonstrated that readers start acquiring letter information parafoveally (Lima&Inhoff, 1985). We aimed at measuring legibility of Russian (Cyrillic) letters presented in the parafovea and identifying...
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The present study is one of the first eye-tracking experiments on Russian language material, checking if the text style (static or dynamic) is among the readability categories and if it influences the effect of reading perspective. Two text types were used: a static text (descriptive sentences) and a dynamic text (a sequence of events quickly follo...

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