Empirical evidence about the cognitive and evaluative consequences of viewing a dubbed vs. a subtitled film is scarce, theoretical views on the subject are mainly speculative and age-related differences have not been investigated within this comparison. To fill these gaps, we carried out two studies contrasting the consequences of viewing a dubbed vs. subtitled version of the same film excerpt in young and older adults, using a comprehensive array of verbal and visual measures. The findings clearly show that dubbing does not provide a cognitive or evaluative advantage over subtitling. Moreover, subtitling seems to be more effective than dubbing in supporting the lexical aspects of performance. Finally, although older adults always had a worse performance than young adults on all cognitive measures, they did not show a specific impairment in the subtitling condition. The results support the view that subtitled films are processed effectively and appreciated at least as much by both young and older adults.

Dubbing versus subtitling in young and older adults: cognitive and evaluative aspects

PEREGO, ELISA;Bottiroli S.
2015-01-01

Abstract

Empirical evidence about the cognitive and evaluative consequences of viewing a dubbed vs. a subtitled film is scarce, theoretical views on the subject are mainly speculative and age-related differences have not been investigated within this comparison. To fill these gaps, we carried out two studies contrasting the consequences of viewing a dubbed vs. subtitled version of the same film excerpt in young and older adults, using a comprehensive array of verbal and visual measures. The findings clearly show that dubbing does not provide a cognitive or evaluative advantage over subtitling. Moreover, subtitling seems to be more effective than dubbing in supporting the lexical aspects of performance. Finally, although older adults always had a worse performance than young adults on all cognitive measures, they did not show a specific impairment in the subtitling condition. The results support the view that subtitled films are processed effectively and appreciated at least as much by both young and older adults.
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