Digital tools in psycholinguistic research

DOI 10.51955/2312-1327_2021_4_123

Ksenia S. Kardanova-Biryukova

Abstract. The paper looks into new ways of designing and conducting a psycholinguistic experiment through the use of modern digital tools. It is a well-known fact that psycholinguistics first appeared as a science aimed at resolving research issues by means of an experiment. As a result, it focused on developing various experimental tools and approaches to process the experimental data obtained. Yet, as of today, there are various digital tools which can assist in conducting such research and facilitate some of the procedures involved. The author analyses a number of experiments run in person or as a team with PhD students to identify such problems and suggest ways of adopting digital tools to overcome them. Central to the research are online platforms for conducting large-scale social experiments and statistical packages for processing the experimental data. The findings of the current analysis suggest that digital tools may be instrumental in helping experiments run by Russian researchers stand up to the international academic standards and bringing such experiments which are characterized by non-trivial designs, novel objectives and consistent experimental logic to the fore on the international scale.

Keywords: psycholinguistics, experimental research, digital tools, statistical analysis, design of the experiment.

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