Researchers shed fresh light into how young and developing readers make sense of words

Posted by egg3 at Aug 11, 2014 09:36 AM |
Psychologists examine the importance of the position of letters in words for young readers
Researchers shed fresh light into how young and developing readers make sense of words

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Skilled readers are often able to make sense of words suffering from ‘typos’ and jumbled up letter orders as long as the beginning and end letters of the words are correct.

But a new study suggests that young developing readers also have a similar understanding of how these outside letters can help make sense of words.

The study found that while developing young readers and skilled adult readers found it similarly difficult to correctly recognise anagrams that can form another word by switching the order of only the inside letters, both age groups found it equally easy to recognise anagrams when the outside letters also had to be switched around to form another word.

This is because the brain struggles to keep track of the position of inside letters when recognising words but assigns special importance to the outside letters.

The findings are important for understanding the role of letter position in children’s word recognition, including in dyslexia.

The research team consisted of Dr Kevin Paterson, PhD student Victoria McGowan, who recently obtained a ‘Future Research Leaders’ Postdoctoral Fellowship, undergraduate student Josephine Read from the School of Psychology and Professor Tim Jordan from the Department of Psychology at Zayed University in Dubai.

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