Spatial configuration processing in visual word form perception and reading abilities in Chinese

Chien Hui Kao, Hsiao Lan Sharon Wang*, Chien Chung Chen


研究成果: 雜誌貢獻期刊論文同行評審

2 引文 斯高帕斯(Scopus)


The analysis of spatial relations among components of a character is important in identifying visual word forms. We investigated such spatial configuration processing for Chinese characters in dyslexic children (aged 9–12 years) and two groups of typically developing children, matched according to chronological age or reading level. In this study, we used real characters and noncharacters to manipulate the spatial configuration between character components while preserving their local features. Both characters were displayed either in an upright or inverted position. Participants were asked to quickly determine whether the two presented stimuli were identical. A significant interaction between character type and character orientation showed children's matching performance was better in upright real characters than in the inverted version, but such effect was absent in noncharacters. This indicated that regardless of reading skills, children developed the ability to use local configuration information to visually identify words. Dyslexic children performed poorly in both real-character and noncharacter conditions. Furthermore, compared with control groups, dyslexic children performed worse in real-character conditions, which were close to the noncharacter performance of other groups. This reflected an impairment of global visual word-form processing (i.e., spatial configuration between components) in dyslexia.

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出版狀態已發佈 - 2018 11月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 實驗與認知心理學
  • 教育
  • 發展與教育心理學


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