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ERIC Number: EJ1043185
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0141-0423
Visual-Attentional Span and Lexical ­Decision in Skilled Adult Readers
Holmes, Virginia M.; Dawson, Georgia
Journal of Research in Reading, v37 n4 p331-355 Nov 2014
The goal of the study was to examine the association between visual-attentional span and lexical decision in skilled adult readers. In the span tasks, an array of letters was presented briefly and recognition or production of a single cued letter (partial span) or production of all letters (whole span) was required. Independently of letter recognition and phoneme awareness, width of partial recognition span predicted substantial variance only in detection of letter misorderings in words, while partial span efficiency made small contributions to decisions on regular words and pseudowords, but not strange words. With a production format and the inclusion of short-term phonological memory, neither partial-span nor whole-span measures contributed positive independent variance to word and nonword decisions. The results provide meagre support for the idea that skilled adult readers with a wide visual-attentional span might process words more effectively than those with a narrow span during lexical decision.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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