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|Title:||Aging and the Optimal Viewing Position Effect in Visual Word Recognition: Evidence from English|
McGowan, Victoria A.
Jordan, Timothy R.
Paterson, Kevin B.
|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.|
|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.|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles, Dept. of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour|
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