In languages that use alphabetical orthographies a printed word is first and foremost a string of letters. Skilled readers rapidly and accurately associate such letter strings with the appropriate sounds and meanings. This special issue presents cutting edge research investigating the mechanisms involved in coding letter identity and position in a string of letters, a prerequisite for successful reading. The research illustrated in this special issue aims to identify the solution adopted by literate brains to optimize processing of the special class of visual objects that we call words.
J. Grainger, "Cracking the orthographic code: An introduction". J. Perry, S. Lupker, C. Davis, "An evaluation of the interactive-activation model using masked partial-word priming". M. Perea, M. Carreiras, "Do orthotactics and phonology constrain the transposed-letter effect?" S. Lupker, M. Perea, C. Davis, "Transposed-letter effects: Consonants, vowels, and letter frequency" C. Guerrera, K. Forster, "Masked form priming with extreme transposition" C. Whitney, P. Cornelissen, "SERIOL reading" Z. Hunter, M. Brysbaert, "Theoretical analysis of interhemispheric costs in visual word recognition" K. Chauncey, P. Holcomb, J. Grainger, "Effects of stimulus font and size on masked repetition priming: An ERP investigation."