Visual Word Recognition Volume 1

Models and Methods, Orthography and Phonology

Edited by James S. Adelman

© 2012 – Psychology Press

248 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781848720589
pub: 2012-06-21
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About the Book

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 first volume outlines established theory, new models and key experimental evidence used to investigate visual word recognition: lexical decision and word naming. It also considers methodological concerns: new developments in large databases, and how these have been applied to theoretical questions; and control considerations when dealing with words as stimuli. Finally, the book considers the visual-orthographic input to the word recognition system: from the left and right-hand sides of vision, through the processing of letters and their proximity, to the similarity and confusability of words, and the contribution of the spoken-phonological form of the word.

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, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students of 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.


"Reading is a uniquely human activity that has fascinated cognitive psychologists. The chapters in this book illustrate the evolving theoretical and methodological developments, written by the leading researchers in the field. The book provides food for thought, and will no doubt stimulate more research in this exciting area." - Sachiko Kinoshita, Associate Professor of Psychology, Macquarie University, Australia

"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 M. Coltheart The Dual-Route Theory of Reading Aloud D. E. Sibley, C. T. Kello Learned Orthographic Representations Facilitates Large Scale Modeling of Word Recognition K I. Forster A Parallel Activation Model with a Sequential Twist P. Gomez, Mathematical Models of the Lexical Decision Task D. A. Balota, M. Yap, K. Hutchinson, M. J. Cortese Megastudies: What Do Millions (or so) of Trials Tell Us About Lexical Processing? J. S. Adelman Methodological Issues with WordsM. Brysbaert, Q. Cai, L. Van Der Haegen Brain Asymmetry and Visual Word Recognition: Do We Have a Split Fovea? J. Grainger, S. Dufau, The Front-End of Visual Word Recognition C. J. Davis, The Orthographic Similarity of Printed Words L K. Halderman, J. Ashby, C. A. Perfetti, Phonology: An Early and Integral Role in Identifying Words

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