Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2381/40078
Title: Aging and the Optimal Viewing Position Effect in Visual Word Recognition: Evidence from English
Authors: Li, Lin
Li, Sha
Wang, Jingxin
McGowan, Victoria A.
Liu, Pingping
Jordan, Timothy R.
Paterson, Kevin B.
First Published: 13-Apr-2017
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Citation: Psychology and Aging, 2017, 32 (4), pp. 367-376
Abstract: Words are recognized most efficiently by young adults when fixated at an optimal viewing position (OVP), which for English is between a word’s beginning and middle letters. How this OVP effect changes with age is unknown but may differ for older adults due to visual declines in later life. Accordingly, a lexical decision experiment was conducted in which short (5-letter) and long (9-letter) words were fixated at various letter positions. The older adults produced slower responses. But, crucially, effects of fixation location for each word-length did not differ substantially across age groups, indicating that OVP effects are preserved in older age.
DOI Link: 10.1037/pag0000163
ISSN: 0882-7974
eISSN: 1939-1498
Links: http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/pag/32/4/367.html
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/40078
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2017. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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