Whammies and double whammies

The effect of length on nonword reading

Kathleen Rastle*, Max Coltheart

*Corresponding author for this work

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In the work presented here, the length effect in nonword reading aloud was investigated in order to assess whether that effect is driven by the number of letters in a string or by the number of graphemes in a string. Simulation work with the Dual-Route Cascaded (DRC) model (e.g., Coltheart, Curtis, Atkins, & Haller, 1993; Coltheart & Rastle, 1994) uncovered a surprising finding regarding the length effect; the same result was obtained in an experiment with human subjects. The results are discussed in terms of the DRC model, with particular reference to serial processing and interphoneme inhibition, two properties critical to understanding the effect reported here.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-282
Number of pages6
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1998

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