September 2019
Volume 19, Issue 10
Open Access
Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   September 2019
Reading as a Visual Act: Recognition of Visual Letter Symbols in the Mind and Brain
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  • Teresa Schubert
    Harvard University
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Journal of Vision September 2019, Vol.19, 4. doi:https://doi.org/10.1167/19.10.4
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      Teresa Schubert, Teresa Schubert, Alex Holcombe, Kalanit Grill-Spector, Karin James; Reading as a Visual Act: Recognition of Visual Letter Symbols in the Mind and Brain. Journal of Vision 2019;19(10):4. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/19.10.4.

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Abstract

A great deal of our time as adults is spent reading: Deriving meaning from visual symbols. Our brains, which may have evolved to recognize a lion, now recognize the written word “LION”. Without recognizing the letters that comprise a word, we cannot access its meaning or its pronunciation: Letter recognition forms the basis of our ability to read. In this symposium, we will highlight work by a growing number of researchers attempting to bridge the gap in research between vision and language by investigating letter recognition processes, from both a behavioral and brain perspective.

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