Reading aloud: discrete stage(s) redux

Serje Robidoux, Derek Besner*

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Interactive activation accounts of processing have had a broad and deep influence on cognitive psychology, particularly so in the context of computational accounts of reading aloud at the single word level. Here we address the issue of whether such a framework can simulate the joint effects of stimulus quality and word frequency (which have been shown to produce both additive and interactive effects depending on the context). We extend previous work on this question by considering an alternative implementation of a stimulus quality manipulation, and the role of interactive activation. Simulations with a version of the Dual Route Cascaded model (a model with interactive activation dynamics along the lexical route) demonstrate that the model is unable to simulate the entire pattern seen in human performance. We discuss how a hybrid interactive activation model that includes some context dependent staged processing could accommodate these data.

Original languageEnglish
Article number218
Number of pages11
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • reading aloud
  • discrete stages
  • cascaded processing
  • interactive activation
  • word frequency
  • stimulus quality
  • computational models


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