Mechanisms of visual word recognition : crosslinguistic comparisons

Abstract : For most adults, visual word recognition is a rapid, easy, and irrepressible activity. Roughly one quarter of second is necessary to recognize a printed word and to distinguish it from the thousands of other words stored in memory. Despite this apparent simplicity, the mechanisms enabling readers to recognize a single word are highly complex. Among the timely issues in the field of visual word recognition, the question of the functional units of word perception is central. It is well accepted that small units within words are perceived and processed during word processing in alphabetical languages, and this issue extends to logographic scripts such as Chinese. However, the nature of these units, the cues sustaining their extraction by the perceptual system, their neuro-anatomical subtrate and the neurophysiological processes that sustain processing are still under discussion. We are currently exploring this issue with EEG and MEG studies. The project would be to extend it to the Chinese language with systematic comparisons between French, Chinese and English.
Promoteur/Supervisor : Prof. Content Alain
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Centre de recherche/Research center : CRCN-Center for Research Cognition & Neurosciences
Faculté/Faculty : Faculty of Psychology and Education/Faculté des Sciences psychologiques et de l'éducation
Ecole doctorale/Graduate Colleges : Science of Psychology and Education/Sciences psychologiques et de l'éducation
Ecole doctorale thématique/Graduate School (French Only): Neurosciences

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