To Name or Not to Name:Eye Movements and Semantic Processing in RAN and Reading


This study examined the well-established relationship between rapid naming and reading. Rapid automatized naming (RAN) has long been demonstrated as a strong predictor of reading abilities. Despite extensive research spanning over 4 decades, the underlying mechanisms of these causes remain a subject of inquiry. The current study investigated the role of eye movements and semantic processing in defining the RAN-reading relationship. The participants in this study were 42 English-speaking undergraduate students at a British university. The materials included a word reading task, two conventional RAN tasks (object and digit), and two RAN-like categorization tasks (object and digit). The results obtained suggested the interdependence between rapid naming and semantic processing. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses revealed that oculomotor control remains an integral part of variability in RAN and reading performance. Taken together, our results suggest that RAN and reading measures are correlated because both require rapid and accurate retrieval of phonological representations, semantic properties of visual stimuli, and stable co-ordination of eye movements.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences > Clinical and Systems Neuroscience
College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Vision, Hearing and Language
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Dyslexia,Eye movements,Rapid automatized naming,Reading,Semantic processing,Neuroscience(all)
Publication ISSN: 2076-3425
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2024 07:21
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2021 10:38
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021-06-29
Accepted Date: 2021-06-24
Authors: Chau, Luan Tuyen
Dimitrova Vulchanova, Mila
Talcott, Joel B. (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-7958-8369)



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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