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Words and Reading

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2020/21

Module Code:


Module Name:

Words and Reading

Module Credits (CATS):


Module Convener

James Adelman

Module Teachers

Module Aims

To provide students with a critical understanding of evidence and theory in the field of visual word recognition.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • critically evaluate evidence in visual word recognition

  • describe and evaluate models of visual word recognition

  • elucidate the purpose, strengths and weaknesses of different paradigms of visual word recognition research

  • formulate and evaluate experimental designs involving verbal stimuli for visual word recognition research

  • formulate, evaluate and implement data analysis strategies for data from visual word recognition research

  • formulate, evaluate and implement computational modelling strategies to understand behaviour in visual word recognition paradigms

Assessed by:

Modelling report, data report & exam

Module Work Load

Module Length

10 Weeks


Term 1: 8 2-hour lectures

Term 3: 1 2-hour revision lecture.


Term 1: 7 2-hour practical classes

Term 2: 2 1-hour practical classes


Attendance at lectures and practicals is compulsory

Module Assessment

Assessed work:

Modelling Report

Data Report





Module Programme

The nature of data regarding and study designs in visual word recognition (VWR), to include impaired, unimpaired and developing readers; analysis of such designs and data.

Theoretical approaches to VWR, including their computational and mathematical instantiation.

The nature of orthographic processing, and the roles of phonology and semantics in VWR; evidence relating to individual differences.

Module Reading List

Adelman, J. S. (Ed.) (2012). Visual word recognition, volume 1: Models and methods, orthography and phonology. Hove, England: Psychology Press.

Adelman, J. S. (Ed.) (2012). Visual word recognition, volume 2: Meaning and context, individuals and development. Hove, England: Psychology Press.