Reading: The Great Divide

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 183–184. Reviews the book, Basic Processes in Reading: Perception and Comprehension edited by David LaBerge and S. Jay Samuels (Eds.) (see record 1979-20262-000). The editors remark that the book divides itself conveniently into two areas-perception and comprehension. The first chapter outlines a hierarchical model that begins with feature analyzers detecting fragments of letters in a visual input, and ends with letter sequences interacting with long-term memory to permit the recognition of words and their meanings. One of the other chapters elaborates upon strategies by which new information can be distinguished from old in the structure of sentences. In summary, the first half of this book will be invaluable to researchers and teachers of specialized courses in letter and word recognition. The second half offers useful source material for those interested in linguistic cohesion, semantic structures, and discourse analysis. Anyone more deeply concerned with reading is left in the black hole of the great divide. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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