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Words and Reading

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2019/20

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 and related areas.

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.

Assessed by:

2 pieces of assessed work

1 hr exam

Module Work Load

Module Length

10 weeks


One two hour lecture per week


One two hour practical each week for seven weeks


Attendance is compulsory

Module Assessment

Assessed work 1: Data Report


Assessed work 2: Modeling report




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.