The Estimated Aspect of Speech Associative Representation of Mental States

  • Ekaterina M. Alekseeva
Keywords: Mental State, Evaluative Associative Representation, Association Experiment, Speech Response.


The article deals with associative speech
representation of mental states, its evaluation aspect.
32 students of the Kazan Federal University (26
females and 6 males) aged from 18 to 22 years took
part in an association experiment, developed on the
basis of the DMDX program. The time of speech
reaction to the presented stimuli – the concepts of 25
mental states was determined. The subjects had to
estimate the states by answering the question
“what?” and giving an adjective. The average time
of the estimated response to the concepts of states on
the computer monitor was 2246,9 milliseconds.
Associative speech estimated reaction turned out to
be the fastest to the stimuli “expectation” (1182,9
milliseconds), “thought” (1603,8 milliseconds),
“fatigue” (1654,8 milliseconds), the slowest – to the
stimuli “remorse” (2808,5 milliseconds) and
“nervousness” (2743,3 milliseconds). 463
associative speech reactions in the form of adjectives
were given by the subjects to the concepts of 25
states, on average by 18,5 adjectives for each state.
The concepts amorousness and remorse have the
largest number of speech estimated associations (by
23 different adjectives). The least number of
evaluative associations are characterized by the
concepts thoughts, delight and indecision (by 15
adjectives). The most pronounced nucleus is the
evaluative associative fields of states thoughts and
delight. The evaluative associative fields of mental
states are distinguished by the presence of nearnuclear
layers and sufficiently densely filled