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Not all visual features are created equal: early processing in letter and word recognition



Not all visual features are created equal: early processing in letter and word recognition



Psychonomic Bulletin and Review 16(1): 67-73



In four experiments, we investigated the effect of deleting specific features of letters on letter and word recognition in the context of reading aloud. Experiments 1 and 2 assessed the relative importance of vertices versus midsegments in letter recognition. Experiments 3 and 4 tested the relative importance of vertices versus midsegments in word recognition. The results demonstrate that deleting vertices is more detrimental to letter and word identification than is deleting midsegments of letters. These results converge with those of previous research on the role of vertices in object identification. Theoretical implications for early processing in reading are noted.

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DOI: 10.3758/PBR.16.1.67


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