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Assessing the role of different spatial frequencies in word perception by good and poor readers.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2005 (English)In: Memory & Cognition, ISSN 0090-502X, Vol. 33, no 6, 961-971 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Numerous studies indicate that dyslexic and nondyslexic individuals exhibit different patterns of sensitivity to spatial frequency. However, the extension of this effect to normal (nondyslexic) adults of good and poor reading abilities and the role played by different spatial frequencies in word perception have yet to be determined. In this study, using normal (nondyslexic) adults, we assessed reading ability, spatial frequency sensitivity, and perception of spatially filtered words and nonwords (using a two alternative forced choice paradigm to avoid artifactual influences of nonperceptual guesswork). Good and poor readers showed different patterns of spatial frequency sensitivity. However, no differences in accuracy of word and nonword perception were found between good and poor readers, despite their differences in spatial frequency sensitivity. Indeed, both reading abilities showed the same superior perceptibility for spatially filtered words over nonwords across different spatial frequency bands. These findings indicate that spatial frequency sensitivity differences extend to normal (nondyslexic) adult readers and that a range of spatial frequencies can be used for word perception by good and poor readers. However, spatial frequency sensitivity may not accurately reveal an individual's ability to perceive words.

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2005. Vol. 33, no 6, 961-971 p.
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spatial frequencies, reading abilities, word perception
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-13526OAI: diva2:180046
Available from: 2008-04-10 Created: 2008-04-10 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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