This project is designed to look at aspects of reading bearing in mind that individuals differ in their cognitive abilities. Previously, researchers have largely looked at results averaged over a group, although theories have scope for individuals to be different. The research will consist of 2 components:

In the first component of the project, four individuals will each contribute one hundred hours of reading aloud data. The time taken to read the words (the typical behavioural measure in such tasks) will be analysed for their correspondence to simulations of a large number of mathematically specified theories.

In the second component, several measures of cognitive and reading abilities will be taken from a hundred individuals. In particular, the size of certain effects (eg, of the length of the word) that are predicted by several theories will be measured. The way in which these effects vary together (because they have the same root cause) will be checked against the predictions of the theories as determined by simulation.

Both components should inform decisions among the existing theories and motivate future research by suggesting future directions, and supplying databases for the research community.



Individual differences in reading aloud: A mega-study, item effects, and some models

Author: James S. Adelman Date: 01 February 2014 Journal article

The unexplained nature of reading.

Author: James S. Adelman Date: 25 December 2013 Journal article

Visual word recognition vol. 2 : meaning and context, individuals and development

Editor: James Adelman Date: 01 May 2012 Book

Methodological issues with words

Author: James Adelman Date: 01 April 2012 Book chapter

Visual word recognition vol. 1 : models and methods, orthography and phonology

Editor: James Adelman Date: 01 April 2012 Book

Letters in time and retinotopic space

Author: James Adelman Date: 01 January 2012 Journal article

Letters in time and retinotopic space.

Author: James S. Adelman Date: 25 December 2011 Journal article

The unexplained nature of reading aloud

Author: James Adelman Date: 27 July 2011 Article (submitted)

Individual differences in word naming : a mega-study, item effects, and dual-route cascaded models

Author: James Adelman Date: 27 July 2011 Article (submitted)

Why additional presentations help identify a stimulus.

Author: Duncan Guest Date: 25 December 2010 Journal article

Why additional presentations help identify a stimulus.

Author: Duncan Guest Date: 25 December 2010 Journal article

Letters in words are read simultaneously, not left-to-right

Author: James Adelman Date: 18 October 2010 Journal article

Scaling laws in cognitive sciences

Author: Christopher T. Kello Date: 01 May 2010 Journal article

Methods of testing and diagnosing model error : dual and single route cascaded models of reading aloud

Author: James Adelman Date: 01 November 2008 Journal article

Automatic vigilance for negative words is categorical and general

Author: Zachary Estes Date: 01 August 2008 Journal article

Modeling lexical decision : the form of frequency and diversity effects

Author: James Adelman Date: 01 January 2008 Journal article

Start date
31 July 2007
End date
30 July 2010
Grant holder
Dr James Adelman
Co-applicants
Gordon Brown
Grant amount
£399,933.90
Grant reference
RES-062-23-0545
Discipline
Psychology
Grant type