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Title: THE EFFECT OF INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN READING AND REDDIT LANGUAGE EXPERIENCE ON VISUAL LEXICAL DECISION PERFORMANCE
Authors: FREDERICK LAU WEI HAO
Issue Date: 7-Apr-2022
Citation: FREDERICK LAU WEI HAO (2022-04-07). THE EFFECT OF INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN READING AND REDDIT LANGUAGE EXPERIENCE ON VISUAL LEXICAL DECISION PERFORMANCE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Word Frequency (WF), which quantifies the number of times a word appears in a given corpus, has long been established as one of the strongest predictors of word processing performance. The development of Semantic Distinctiveness (SD) measures aims to further improve this predictive capability through the modification of WF counts through the consideration of the semantic similarity of previously encountered contexts that the word appeared in (here, in the context of a book or the text produced by a Reddit user). In this study, two novel SD measures will be evaluated to determine if their effects are modulated by the level of language experience the participant has with the corpora used to create these measures. Specifically, the measures are the User Contextual Diversity-Semantic Distinctiveness-Population Representativeness (UCD-SD-PR) and the Semantic Distinctiveness-Author Prevalence (SD-AP) measures which were obtained from corpora of language used in Reddit and fiction books respectively. In the current research, a Visual Lexical Decision Task (VLDT) was implemented to evaluate these measures in conjunction with individual experiences, where results indicate that UCD-SD-PR was a better predictor of LDT performance than SD-AP, and that this effect of UCD-SD-PR is modulated by the amount of Reddit experience one has.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/227257
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