Word recognition development in children: Insights from masked priming

Anne Castles*, Chris Davis, Kenneth I. Forster

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    The masked priming procedure has been widely used in adult psycholinguistic research as a means of exploring early and automatic processes in written word recognition. In this chapter, we discuss the recent extension of this technique for use in exploring written vocabulary development in children learning to read. We first report data to show that robust masked priming effects can be produced in children as young as 7 years old. We then outline the results of some recent orthographic and phonological priming studies that illustrate how masked priming data can uncover the processes by which children access written word representations and the ways in which these processes may change as children gradually learn more words.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMasked priming
    Subtitle of host publicationthe state of the art
    EditorsSachiko Kinoshita, Stephen J. Lupker
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherTaylor & Francis
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)9780203502846
    ISBN (Print)9781841690957
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2003


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