Hemispheric lateralisation of the word length effect in Chinese character recognition

Yu-Ju Chou, Richard Shillcock

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In the last decade, researchers of hemispheric superiority have become increasingly interested in the length effect in word recognition in alphabetic languages. But little has been known about ideographic languages like traditional Chinese. The primary aim of this study is to investigate hemispheric laterality and the word length effect in Chinese script recognition. Different-length words consisting of two-, three- and five-characters were presented unilaterally in a lexical decision task. The results, from 23 Taiwanese subjects, supported the word-length effect showing significantly different recognition latencies for the multi-character words of different length, but no significant interaction between gender and visual field, with males tending to show a right visual fiend advantage.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Twenty-Third Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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