Unitization of familiar letter patterns
Creators:Poston, Sarah E.
Advisor:Johnson, Neal F.
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Psychology Honors Theses; 2006
Research on letter-priority effects has demonstrated that for pronounceable nonwords, non-native English speakers are faster at identifying individual letters than they are at identifying entire non-words. Conversely, for pronounceable words, subjects identify the entire word faster than they can pick out any one individual letter. What has not yet been explored is the way in which we process unitized familiar letter patterns, or acronyms. This experiment compares the reaction time to identify a predesignated target, the first letter or the entire array, of familiar and unfamiliar letter arrays. Familiar arrays show word-priority effects similar to familiar words. Unfamiliar acronym arrays do not show letter priority effects for native English speakers. Advisor: Neal F. Johnson
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