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A computerized test of speed of language comprehension unconfounded by literacy.

May, Jon and Alcock, Katie J. and Robinson, Louise and Mwita, Christina (2001) A computerized test of speed of language comprehension unconfounded by literacy. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 15 (4). pp. 433-443. ISSN 0888-4080

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Abstract

Developed a computerized version of the Silly Sentence task, and to check that the scores it produces correspond to those obtained from the existing pencil-and-paper task from the Speed and Capacity of Language Processing (SCOLP) test in 3 experiments. In Exp 1, 64 Ss were presented with sentences and asked to press the right-hand button of the box in response to sensible sentences and the left-hand button in response to silly sentences. In Exp 2, 33 Ss (aged 7-11 yrs) were presented with the same stimuli as in Exp 1, except that after the computerized task each child also completed sets A and B of Raven's Coloured matrices. In Exp 3, 21 Ss (aged 18-33 yrs) were presented with the same stimuli as Exp 1 except that the sentences were translated into Kiswahili, the task was used in Tanzanian schools, despite the absence of an electricity supply and a very different cultural background. Results show that the decision latencies had a test-retest reliability of 0.69 over 5 months, and were independent of age and baseline decision speed. The task appears appropriate for longitudinal studies, including those in developing countries. Given its simplicity and the correlations with the original SCOLP version of the task, it may also be useful in studies on literate adults. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Applied Cognitive Psychology
Additional Information: DB - PsycINFO AN - Journal Article: 2001-11135-005 SO - . Vol () Jul 2001, -. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, United Kingdom, http://www.wiley.com RefMgr field[1]: Journal RefMgr field[8]: Not in File
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adult Adults Aged child Cognitive Psychology comprehension Developing Countries Language language processing Literacy Longitudinal Studies psychology SCHOOLS Sentences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 8785
Deposited By: Dr Katherine Alcock
Deposited On: 19 May 2009 11:29
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:26
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/8785

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