Master's Theses

Date of Award

Summer 1994

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor

Robert Markley

Abstract

A reading level design was employed to assess differences between children with reading disabilities, their chronological-age matched, and reading-level matched peers. These differences were hypothesized to exist in the use of lower level and higher level processes recruited during word recognition and comprehension. A masked priming paradigm, coupled with a lexical decision task, was used to assess lower level form based lexical access. A second experiment in which strong and weak semantic associates were used, assessed differences in the use of higher level contextually based processes. The results failed to support the notion that disabled readers perform more like children of the same skill level. Moreover, differences between children with reading disabilities and their age-matched peers implicate the later post-access processes. In the present sample, the early encoding processes appear to be intact.

Rights

Copyright 1994 Ann M. Galloway

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