Does silent reading speed in normal adult readers depend on early visual processes? Evidence from event-related brain potentials

Sebastian Peter Korinth, Werner Sommer, Zvia Breznitz

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Abstract

Little is known about the relationship of reading speed and early visual processes in normal readers. Here we examined the association of the early P1, N170 and late N1 component in visual event-related potentials (ERPs) with silent reading speed and a number of additional cognitive skills in a sample of 52 adult German readers utilizing a Lexical Decision Task (LDT) and a Face Decision Task (FDT). Amplitudes of the N170 component in the LDT but, interestingly, also in the FDT correlated with behavioral tests measuring silent reading speed. We suggest that reading speed performance can be at least partially accounted for by the extraction of essential structural information from visual stimuli, consisting of a domain-general and a domain-specific expertise-based portion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-26
Number of pages12
JournalBrain and Language
Volume120
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research project was supported by a Manfred Lahnstein doctoral scholarship provided to Sebastian Korinth through the Zeit foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius.

Keywords

  • ERP
  • Face perception
  • Lexical decision
  • N1
  • N170
  • P1
  • Reading speed
  • VWFA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing

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