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The development of an automated sentence generator for the assessment of reading speed

Crossland, MD; Legge, GE; Dakin, SC; (2008) The development of an automated sentence generator for the assessment of reading speed. BEHAV BRAIN FUNCT , 4 , Article 14. 10.1186/1744-9081-4-14. Green open access

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Abstract

Reading speed is an important outcome measure for many studies in neuroscience and psychology. Conventional reading speed tests have a limited corpus of sentences and usually require observers to read sentences aloud. Here we describe an automated sentence generator which can create over 100,000 unique sentences, scored using a true/false response. We propose that an estimate of the minimum exposure time required for observers to categorise the truth of such sentences is a good alternative to reading speed measures that guarantees comprehension of the printed material. Removing one word from the sentence reduces performance to chance, indicating minimal redundancy. Reading speed assessed using rapid serial visual presentation ( RSVP) of these sentences is not statistically different from using MNREAD sentences. The automated sentence generator would be useful for measuring reading speed with button-press response ( such as within MRI scanners) and for studies requiring many repeated measures of reading speed.

Type: Article
Title: The development of an automated sentence generator for the assessment of reading speed
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/1744-9081-4-14
Publisher version: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/ articles/PMC22941...
Keywords: LOW-VISION, VISUAL FUNCTION, MACULAR DEGENERATION, PSYCHOPHYSICS, COMPREHENSION, CHILDREN, ACUITY, CHARTS
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Institute of Ophthalmology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/5296
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