On the control of visual word recognition: changing routes versus changing deadlines.

Raman, Ilhan and Baluch, Bahman and Besner, Derek (2004) On the control of visual word recognition: changing routes versus changing deadlines. Memory & cognition, 32 (3). pp. 489-500. ISSN 0090-502X

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Two different accounts have been proposed to explain the fact that (1) an effect of word frequency is present when readers of transparent orthographies read only words aloud and (2) the effect of word frequency is eliminated when subjects name words and nonwords mixed together in a single block. In the route-shifting account, subjects shift from using a lexical route that can read only words to using a nonlexical route that can read both words and nonwords via the use of sub lexical spelling-sound correspondences (hence, no word frequency effect). The essence of the second, time criterion account is that the elimination of the word frequency effect is determined by the speed with which the nonwords are processed, because subjects attempt to homogenize the point in time at which they release an articulation. These two different accounts are pitted against each other in a series of naming experiments utilizing the transparent Turkish orthography. A word frequency effect persists even when words and nonwords are mixed together, provided that nonword sets are matched so as to be named as quickly as the high-frequency words and as slowly as the low-frequency words, respectively. This result is argued to be consistent with the time criterion account, but not with the unadorned route-shifting account.

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Research Areas:School of Science and Technology > Psychology
School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Language, Learning and Cognition group
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