ERIC Number: ED103813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: 0
Use of Reaction Time Methods as Indicators of the Processes Underlying Reading.
Terry, Pamela R.
This paper describes a methodological approach to the reading processes, involving the use of measures of speed of response or reaction time (RT) obtained from subjects while performing reading related tasks. Following a review of the literature on measures of RT, two experiments currently being done at the University of Minnesota are described and the methodology used is also discussed. The three main objectives of the two experiments were to investigate the relationships between (1) the ease of decoding and the speed of semantic processing, (2) the ease of decoding and the type of perceptual processing (serial or parallel), and (3) word length and speed of semantic processing. It was concluded from the evidence provided in the literature review and the experiments that RT can be a useful index when exploring the processes underlying reading. (RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (20th, New York City, May 13-16, 1975)