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Title: Hemispheric lateralisation in the recognition of Chinese characters
Author: Chou, Yu-Ju
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2004
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The central core of this thesis is recognition of Chinese characters, integrated by ten experiments of four main themes. The first theme is hemispheric lateralisation of the length effect in Chinese character recognition. The second theme is to investigate this bilateral effect with Chinese characters presented on both visual fields simultaneously. The outcome confirmed that there was indeed a bilateral advantage found from male Chinese readers. For this group of subjects, the longer the stimuli were, the more bilateral collaboration was found, and the collaboration of bilateral presentation took the least response latency in the lexical decision task than any other unilateral presentation. The third theme of this thesis was to the recognition process, holistic or component, while recognizing Chinese characters. The method was taken from the experiment of Face Illusion (Thompson, 1980, quote from Bruce, V. and Young, A., 1998) in which the eyes of Margaret Thatcher’s portrait were turned upside down and the whole portrait was then inverted again for subjects to recognise. In our own experiment, we replicated the methodology and changed Chinese characters by inverting the phonetic or semantic radicals and then turned the whole character around. The results showed no support for the componential processing hypothesis. The fourth theme of the thesis was a self-collection of errors made by slips of the eyes in reading vertically written Chinese. We presented nine types of reading errors in a chart with examples of each type.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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