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Sally Andrews. Not all skilled readers have cracked the code: The role of lexical expertise in skilled reading
 
Date: Jul 26, 2012

What: Sally Andrews. Not all skilled readers have cracked the code: The role of lexical expertise in skilled reading

Where: BCBL auditorium

Who: Sally Andrews, University of Sydney, Australia

When: 12 noon


Most theories and computational models of skilled reading have been built upon average data for unselected samples of university students, reflecting an implicit assumption that all skilled readers read in the same way. I will review evidence that challenges this assumption by demonstrating that individual differences in measures of written language proficiency predict systematic variability in both the early stages of lexical retrieval indexed by masked priming, and in tasks assessing the contribution of lexical retrieval to sentence processing. These data highlight the critical role played by precise lexical representations in supporting optimally efficient reading.