Towards a complete model of reading

simulating lexical decision, word naming, and sentence reading with Über-Reader

Aaron Veldre, Lili Yu, Sally Andrews, Erik D. Reichle

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This paper presents simulations of eye movements during reading, lexical decision, and naming using Über-Reader, a new computational model that aims to provide a complete account of the perceptual, cognitive, and motor processes involved in reading. The present simulations focused on Über-Reader’s word-identification module—an implemen-tation of the Multiple-Trace Memory model (Ans et al., 1998) based on the theoretical assumptions of the MI-NERVA 2 model of episodic memory (Hintzman, 1984)—with a vocabulary comprising the full corpus of the Eng-lish Lexicon Project (Balota et al., 2007). The model’s lex-icon was probed with words and one-letter-different non-words from the Schilling et al. (1998) corpus, and outputs of the model were scored to evaluate performance against the empirical data. The outcomes of these simulations will inform further development of Über-Reader by providing the foundation for our ultimate goal of simulating reading, in its entirety.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCogSci 2020: Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
Subtitle of host publicationdeveloping a mind: learning in humans, animals, and machines
Place of PublicationAustin, Texas
PublisherCognitive Science Society
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventAnnual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (42nd : 2020): Developing a mind: learning in humans, animals, and machines - Virtual event
Duration: 29 Jul 20201 Aug 2020


ConferenceAnnual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (42nd : 2020)
Abbreviated titleCogSci 2020

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  • computer modeling
  • eye movements
  • reading
  • lexical-decision task
  • naming task
  • visual word recognition
  • Über-Reader

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