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In this study of adult readers, we used a symbol-string task to assess participants' sensitivity to the position of briefly presented, non-alphabetic but letter-like symbols. We found that sensitivity in this task explained a significant proportion of sample variance in visual lexical decision. Based on a number of controls, we show that this relationship cannot be explained by other factors including: chronological age, intelligence, speed of processing and/or concentration, short term memory consolidation, or fixation stability. This approach represents a new way to elucidate how, and to what extent, individual variation in pre-orthographic visual and cognitive processes impinge on reading skills, and the results suggest that limitations set by visuo-spatial processes constrain visual word recognition. © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Author(s): Pammer K, Lavis R, Cooper C, Hansen PC, Cornelissen PL
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Brain and Language
Print publication date: 01/09/2005
ISSN (print): 0093-934X
ISSN (electronic): 1090-2155
Publisher: Academic Press
PubMed id: 16098378
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