From letter features to syllables to words, without a letter stage
Xavier Morin Duchesne, Daniel Fiset, Martin Arguin, Frederic Gosselin*
*Corresponding author: Frederic Gosselin
Département de Psychologie, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
Département de psychoéducation et de psychologie, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Gatineau, Canada
F1000Posters 2012, 3: 763 (poster) [English]
Poster [1.62 MB]
Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting 2012, 11 - 16 May 2012, 33.455
Past studies have suggested a discrepancy between single letter recognition and word recognition. Specifically, human observers appear to be biased towards the top-half of words, but not towards the top-half of letters. We studied this discrepancy between letters and words in the hope of learning more about the role of letters in word recognition.
We have confirmed the discrepancy and found that letters can indeed not explain it. A subsequent analysis suggests that syllables may account for the bias and could underlie word recognition.
No relevant competing interests disclosed.
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