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Perceptual Load Is Higher in the Reading of Arabic Than in Hebrew

Poster Session VII - Board: VII- 056
Saturday, May 29, 2010, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
APS Exhibit Hall

Zohar Eviatar
University of Haifa, Israel

Souad Abdelhadi
University of Haifa, Israel

Raphiq Ibrahim
University of Haifa. Israel

Third and sixth graders detected diacritics in Arabic (L1) or Hebrew (L2) context (words, pseudo-words, nonletters). Arabic stimuli varied in visual complexity. Results revealed that participants were more efficient detecting targets in Hebrew. There was no word superiority effect in either language. Complexity effects in Arabic suggest engagement of reading mechanisms.

Subject Area: Cognitive
Keywords: Human Learning and Memory

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