Does the visual attention span play a role in the morphological processing of orthographic stimuli?
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Antzaka, A., Acha, J., Carreiras, M., & Lallier, M. (2019). Does the visual attention span play a role in the morphological processing of orthographic stimuli? Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 72(7), 1704–1716. https://doi.org/10.1177/1747021818806470
We investigated whether the link between visual attention (VA) span and reading is modulated by the presence of morphemes. Second and fourth grade children, with Basque as their first language, named morphologically complex and simple words and pseudowords, and performed a task measuring VA span. The influence of VA span skills on reading was modulated by the presence of morphemes in naming speed measures. In addition, fourth grade children with a larger VA span showed larger lexicality effects (pseudoword-word reading times) only for morphologically simple stimuli. Results are interpreted as support for the notion that both transparency and morphological complexity are important factors modulating the impact of VA span skills on reading.