Do handwritten words magnify lexical effects in visual word recognition?

Manuel Perea, Cristina Gil-López, Victoria Beléndez, Manuel Carreiras
2016 Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology  
An examination of how the word recognition system is able to process handwritten words is fundamental to formulate a comprehensive model of visual word recognition. Previous research has revealed that the magnitude of lexical effects (e.g., the word-frequency effect) is greater with handwritten words than with printed words. In the present lexical decision experiments, we examined whether the quality of handwritten words moderates the recruitment of top-down feedback, as reflected in
more » ... ected in word-frequency effects. Results showed a reading cost for difficult-to-read and easy-to-read handwritten words relative to printed words. But the critical finding was that difficult-to-read handwritten words, but not easy-to-read handwritten words, showed a greater word-frequency effect than printed words. Therefore, the inherent physical variability of handwritten words does not necessarily boost the magnitude of lexical effects.
doi:10.1080/17470218.2015.1091016 pmid:26340587 fatcat:epsq7mzm5rc2renanlub32cbpm