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Reading and Understanding: An Introduction to the Psychology of Reading

ISBN: 978-0-631-17951-1
260 pages
June 1996, ©1996, Wiley-Blackwell
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Reading and Understanding presents a review of current thinking about the psychology of reading, introducing the nature of problems facing the reader who is to extract meaningful information from the printed symbols. It is suitable for use as an advance text for psychology, education and linguistics students.
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1. Reading as Skilled Information Processing. Information and Knowledge:.

The Processing of Information.

Skilled Information Processing.

2. Cognitive Processes in Word Recognition:.

Sources of Variation in Lexical Access.

Models of Word Recognition: Word Detection with Lexical Units.

Models of Word Recognition: Word Detection through Connectionist Networks.

Models of Word Recognition: Word Recognition with Lexical Search.

Assessing Models of Word Recognition.

3. Reading Development and Reading Difficulties: Individual Differences in Acquisition and Skill:.

Phonics and the Use of Spelling-to-Sound Rules.

Reading as a Psycholinguistic Guessing Game.

Reading Skill and the Use of Context.

Phonological Awareness and Phonological Memory.

The Role of Memory in Reading Development.

Reading Skill and the Use of Inferences.

Individual Differences in Reading Development.

4. Neuropsychological Studies of Reading: .

The Acquired Dyslexias.

Types of Acquired Dyslexias.

Lexical and Nonlexical Routes to Pronunciation.

Is the Lexicon Morphemically Organised?.

The Developmental Dyslexias.

Contributions from the Neuropsychology of Reading.

5. The Role of Eye Movements in Reading: .

Processing During Fixations.

Theories of Eye Guidance.

Individual Differences in Reading.

On-Line Processes in Reading.

6. Reading Comprehension.

Thinking While Reading.

From Words to Propositions.

From Propositions to Inferences.

Words, Propositions, Inferences, and the Reader's Mental Model.


Subject Index.

Name Index.

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Geoffrey Underwood is Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Nottingham.

Viv Batt is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nottingham.

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  • Unique in its treatment of research using eye movement measures
  • Includes numerous case examples, tables and figures to illustrate important points and further understanding and interest.
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