Basic Processes in Reading: Visual Word Recognition

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Derek Besner, Glyn W. Humphreys
Routledge, 1991 - Education - 350 pages
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The chapters in this new book span the range of reading processes from early visual analysis to semantic influences on word identification, thus providing a state-of-the-art summary of current work and offering important contributions to prospective reading research.

Basic Processes in Reading examines both future plans and past accomplishments in the world of word identification research. Three chapters provide a futuristic view taking a parallel distributed processing approach to semantic priming, phonology, and the identification of old words and the learning of new words. Reviews on eye movements in reading and semantic priming on word identification provide a retrospective summary of work on these issues as well as solid pointers for future investigations.

Other chapters provide new demonstrations of the importance of phonological contributions to word identification, of interactive processes in the identification of handwritten words, and a re-evaluation of the processes involved in the neuropsychological syndrome described as "letter-by-letter" reading.

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An Overview
2 Additive and Interactive Effects of Repitition Degradation and Word Frequency in the Reading of Handwriting
Evidence for Parallel Processing
4 Phonologic Mediation is Fundamental to Reading
The Direct Encoding Routine for Evoking Knowledge
6 The Nature and Locus of Word Frequency Effects in Reading
The Range of Influence of Lexical Variables
8 A Distributed Memory Model of Context Effects in Word Identification
A Selective Review of Current Findings and Theories
Author Index
Subject Index

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