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Visual Word Recognition Volume 2

Meaning and Context, Individuals and Development, 1st Edition

Edited by James S Adelman

Psychology Press

264 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Word recognition is the component of reading which involves the identification of individual words. Together the two volumes of Visual Word Recognition offer a state-of-the-art overview of contemporary research from leading figures in the field.

This second volume examines how research on word recognition has been linked to the study of concepts and meaning, such as how morphemes affect word recognition, how the meaning of words affects their processing and the effect of priming on the processing of words.

The book also discusses eye-movement research, the reading of whole sentences and passages, how bilinguals recognize words in different languages, individual differences in visual word recognition, and the development of visual word recognition difficulties in developmental dyslexia.

The two volumes serve as a state-of-the-art, comprehensive overview of the field. They are essential reading for researchers of visual word recognition, and students on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in cognition and cognitive psychology, specifically the psychology of language and reading. They will also be of use to those working in education and speech-language therapy.


"Influential researchers provide state-of-the-art reviews of topics that have traditionally received relatively little attention. There are also welcome updates on more well-studied domains, which faithfully chronicle what has already been done, and provides useful roadmaps that guide future research." - Melvin Yap, Assistant Professor of Psychology, National University of Singapore

"Both volumes of Visual Word Recognition will serve as a crucial, up-to-date theoretical and experimental aid for young and experienced scientists in the field of reading research." - Nicola Pitchford, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK

Table of Contents

J.S Adelman Introduction, L.B.Feldman, K. Weber, Morphological processing: A comparsion of graded and categorical accounts, P.M. Pexman, Meaning-Based Influences on Visual Word Recognition, L. L. Jones, Z. Estes Lexical Priming: Associative, semantic, and thematic influences on word recognition, E. R. Schotter, K. Rayner, Eye Movements and Word Recognition During Reading, J. Heister, K. Würzner, R. Kliegl, Analysing Large Datasets of Eye Movements During Reading, A. I. Schwartz, J. G. Van Hell, Bilingual visual word recognition in sentence context, S. Andrews, Individual differences in skilled visual word recognition and reading: The role of lexical quality, N. A. McClung, C. R. O'Donnell, A. E. Cunningham, Orthographic Learning and the Development of Visual Word Recognition, Y. Ahmed, R. K. Wagner, P. T. Kantor, How Visual Word Recognition is Affected by Developmental Dyslexia, J. F. Stein, Biological-Level Account of Developmental Dyslexia

About the Editor

James S. Adelman first became involved in visual word recognition research whilst reading for a degree in Mathematics and Psychology at the University of Liverpool. From there, he went on to complete a PhD and various externally funded research projects at the University of Warwick, where he has been an Assistant Professor since 2010.

About the Series

Current Issues in the Psychology of Language

Current Issues in the Psychology of Language is a series of edited books that will reflect the state-of-the-art in areas of current and emerging interest in the psychological study of language.

Each volume is tightly focused on a particular topic and consists of seven to ten chapters contributed by international experts. The editors of individual volumes are leading figures in their areas and provide an introductory overview.

Example topics include: language development, bilingualism and second language acquisition, word recognition, word meaning, text processing, the neuroscience of language, and language production, as well as the inter-relations between these topics.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology