ERIC Number: ED232144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Letter Migration in Word Perception.
Mozer, Michael C.
Four experiments investigated the phenomenon of letter migration, the tendency of readers to assign letters from one word to another appearing in close proximity. The experiments, which involved college undergraduate students, revealed several properties of letter migration, including the following: (1) migrations are more frequent when the words are separated by small physical distances; (2) a majority of the migrations are a result of letters being copied from one word to another, not from the interchange of letters of the two words; (3) migrations to a word are less frequent when subjects focus attention on that word; and (4) migrations are far more frequent when the words share letters in common. This last result suggests that migrations are not caused by a loss of spatial information at the letter level, that is, by free-floating letters being wrongly combined. Rather, migrations occur because of structural limitations at a high level of the word recognition process, perhaps during lexical activation. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., La Jolla. Center for Human Information Processing.
Note: Support also received from the System Development Foundation.