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Age of acquisition affects early orthographic processing during Chinese character recognition

Chen, Baoguo and Dent, Kevin and You, Wenping and Wu, Guolai (2009) 'Age of acquisition affects early orthographic processing during Chinese character recognition.' Acta Psychologica, 130 (3). pp. 196-203. ISSN 0001-6918

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Three experiments investigated age of acquisition (AoA) effects on early orthographic processing during Chinese character recognition. In Experiment 1, we measured the accuracy of identification of brief masked characters, accuracy was higher for early compared to late acquired characters. In Experiment 2, the visual duration threshold (VDT) was measured for both early and late acquired Chinese characters. The results showed that early acquired characters were successfully identified at shorter display durations than late acquired characters. Significant AoA effects were also found in Experiment 3, using a lexical decision task requiring mainly orthographic processing (discriminating real Chinese characters from orthographically illegal and unpronounceable characters). In summary, three experiments provide converging empirical evidence, for AoA effects on the early orthographic processing stages of Chinese character recognition. These results suggest that AoA effects during word identification go beyond the phonological or semantic processing stages. These results aslo provide cross-linguistic evidence for an AoA effect on early perceptual processing during identification. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Age of acquisition; Chinese character; Visual duration threshold
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2011 16:32
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 12:32

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