Reading aloud: interactive activation reconsidered

Serje Robidoux, Derek Besner

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract


    It is a received idea that language processing is best characterized as one of interactive activation. Curiously, the central assumption that between level feedback plays an important role in, for example, reading aloud, has received little critical attention. A series of simulations with a prominent model demonstrate that the effect of feedback is (a) remarkably small when present, (b) is not as widespread as generally assumed (various levels produce no effect of feedback on performance), and (c) leads to many errors when feedback strength is increased. We conclude that the field has over-emphasized the importance of feedback when reading aloud.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)273
    Number of pages1
    JournalCanadian journal of experimental psychology = Revue canadienne de psychologie expérimentale
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventAnnual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science - Calgary, Canada
    Duration: 7 Jun 20139 Jun 2013


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