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Examining the Nature of the Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN)-Orthographic Processing Relationship in University Students

  • Author / Creator
    Tsantali, Anastasia
  • According to Bowers and Wolf (1993), rapid automatized naming (RAN) is related to reading because of its contribution to orthographic processing. However, the nature of the RAN-orthographic processing relationship remains unclear. Thus, the purpose of this study was two-fold: (a) to examine the relationship of RAN with different measures of orthographic processing (lexical and sub-lexical; accuracy and response time) and (b) to examine what processing skills may account for the relationship between RAN and orthographic processing. One hundred university students (70 females; mean age = 21.42 years, SD = 2.59) were tested on measures of RAN, orthographic processing, discrete naming, phonological recoding, and speed of processing. The results indicated that RAN correlates only with lexical orthographic processing response time and that phonological recoding speed explains the RAN-orthographic processing relationship. These findings suggest that RAN contributes to how quickly letter sequences are mapped in order to form the orthographic representations which are important for whole word recognition.

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  • Graduation date
    2014-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3CF9JF6H
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Specialization
    • Special Education
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Georgiou, George (Educational Psychology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Das, Jagannath (Educational Psychology)
    • Georgiou, George (Educational Psychology)
    • Cummine, Jacqueline (Speech Pathology and Audiology)