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    An experimental analysis of braille reading using a high-resolution tracking system


    Aranyanak, Inthraporn (2014) An experimental analysis of braille reading using a high-resolution tracking system. PhD thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.

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    Abstract

    The research described in this thesis had two sets of goals: (1) to carry out a baseline study of braille reading using an innovative combination of hand-tracking coupled to a computer-controlled braille display; (2) to conduct an in-depth exploration of high-speed braille readers using a range of experimental paradigms. The main results showed that using the finger tracking system permitted the exploration of the moment-to-moment cognitive processes of the braille reader with unprecedented precision. Readers showed relatively rapid sensitivity to lexical properties of the text (e.g., word frequency, lexical structure, orthographic uniqueness point) and demonstrated sensitivity to topdown context effects during reading. The final experiment provided suggestive evidence that the auditory cortex may be involved in skilled braille reading.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Keywords: experimental analysis; braille reading; high-resolution tracking system;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 5803
    Depositing User: IR eTheses
    Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2015 11:51
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