Using low-level sensory mechanism to bootstrap high order thinking in EFL reading

AbstractThe goal of the study was to compare potential changes in architecture when different set sizes were manipulated as a function of age difference and reading group difference in the Visual Search Task in Coglab. Based on the RT performance of Chinese EFLs aged 11 – 15 years old in feature and conjunction search when target was absent/present across three different set sizes (display size 4, 16 & 64), we conducted tests for architecture, stopping rule and dependency in visual search between typical and poor readers. What we are interested in are as follows: First, how a parallel/serial mental architecture in visual search might be predicted by both item features and person characteristics; and second, if stopping rule in target absent search is self-terminating/ exhaustive in nature. The aim of the study was to find cognitive behaviour that would accommodate developmental deficiency in EFL reading.

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