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ERIC Number: EJ1014873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Early Access to Abstract Representations in Developing Readers: Evidence from Masked Priming
Perea, Manuel; Mallouh, Reem Abu; Carreiras, Manuel
Developmental Science, v16 n4 p564-573 Jul 2013
A commonly shared assumption in the field of visual-word recognition is that retinotopic representations are rapidly converted into abstract representations. Here we examine the role of visual form vs. abstract representations during the early stages of word processing--as measured by masked priming--in young children (3rd and 6th Graders) and adult readers. To maximize the chances of detecting an effect of visual form, we employed a language with a very intricate orthography, Arabic. If visual form plays a role in the early stages of processing, greater benefit would be expected from related primes that have the same visual form (in terms of the ligation pattern between a word's letters) as the target word (e.g. [Arabic characters omitted] [ktz b-ktA b]--note that the three initial letters are connected in prime and target) than for those that do not ([Arabic characters omitted] [ktxb-ktA b]). Results showed that the magnitude of priming effect relative to an unrelated condition (e.g. [Arabic characters omitted]) was remarkably similar for both types of prime. Thus, despite the visual complexity of Arabic orthography, there is fast access to the abstract letter representations not only in adult readers by also in developing readers. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 6; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Palestine; Spain (Valencia)
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