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Effects of Frequency and Regularity on New Learning in Preference Readers

dc.contributor.advisorMcCandliss, Bruce
dc.contributor.authorWise, Jessica R.
dc.description.abstractLearning to read English requires both knowledge of grapheme-phoneme (GP) rules and rapid recognition for familiar words, which can be mediated by whole-word (WW) mappings. Previous research has suggested that readers differ in their preferences for GP vs. WW strategies of word reading. In an artificial script training study with literate adults, we tested whether preference learners are affected by aspects of the learning demands relevant to English - GP regularity and word frequency. WW preference learners suffered higher costs when reading irregular words, but showed no frequency effects. Further, WW preference learners were more likely to apply GP rules to regular words. These findings suggest that preference may be a measure of ability to use GP strategy appropriately.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences under the Direction of Prof. Bruce D. McCandlissen_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subjectreading strategies, preference, artificial orthographyen_US
dc.subject.lcshLearning strategiesen_US
dc.titleEffects of Frequency and Regularity on New Learning in Preference Readersen_US
dc.description.schoolVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.description.departmentPsychology and Human Developmenten_US

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