Canceling updating in the comprehension of counterfactuals embedded in narratives

@article{Vega2007CancelingUI,
  title={Canceling updating in the comprehension of counterfactuals embedded in narratives},
  author={Manuel de Vega and Mabel Urrutia and Bernardo Riffo},
  journal={Memory \& Cognition},
  year={2007},
  volume={35},
  pages={1410-1421}
}
Participants were given counterfactual sentences—for example, “If Mary had won the lottery she would have bought a Mercedes car” —or factual sentences—for example, “Because Mary won the lottery, she bought a Mercedes car” —embedded in short narratives. Reading times showed that readers were immediately sensitive to the special status of counterfactual information (Experiment 1). In addition, probe-recognition latencies demonstrated that old information was more accessible in counterfactual than… 
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