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ERIC Number: ED085674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Pages: 12
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Overloading the Competent Reader.
Smith, Frank
Two sources of information are involved in reading; the visual information picked up by the eyes from the printed page and the nonvisual information, or prior knowledge, that the reader possesses. An overreliance on visual information leads to an overloading of the cognitive process involved in reading and loss in comprehension. Overreliance on visual information may result when a reader (1) has inadequate nonvisual information, (2) is expected to put too much visual information into memory, or (3) is too concerned over the prospect of missing some information or of making a mistake. Any of these three preceding conditions can in effect make reading impossible for an otherwise competent reader. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (61st, Las Vegas, November 1971)