The remarkable inefficiency of word recognition

Looks at the whether objects are recognized by parts or as wholes and looks specifically at word recognition, finding that a word is unreadable unless its letters are separately identifiable and that we never in fact learn to see a word as a whole feature. Our identification of a word is mediated by independent detection of components that are a letter or less.
Author(s): Pelli, D.G., Farell, B., and Moore, D.C.

References

Pelli, D.G., Farell, B., and Moore, D.C. 2003.  The remarkable inefficiency of word recognition. Nature, Vol. 423, 12 June 2003.


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