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Experiment Author: Susan Campbell. Adapted from STEP and used with permission of Brian MacWhinney
The participant hears a set of two nouns and a verb, in any order (VNN, NVN, NNV) and is asked to decide which of the nouns is the one performing the action. For instance in the set "The boy chased the girl," the expected answer would be "the boy." In this version, the nouns are some combination of animate and inanimate things (AA, AI, IA). The participant sees pictures of the two nouns mentioned and is asked to choose between the pictures.
Participants hear a series of words, then see a pair of pictures. The task is to identify which of the pictured objects is doing the action. Respond with the number that is located under the correct image. For instance, in the statement "The girl chases the boy," the answer would be "girl" and the participant is to press the number that appears under the image of the girl.