Font-Specific Memory: More than Meets the Eye?

Stephen Goldinger, Tamiko Azuma, Heather M. Kleider, Virginia M. Holmes

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Viewed from the perspective of psycholinguistics, words are fairly magical entities, representing the psychological level at which twenty-six meaningless letters coalesce into thousands of meaningful units. Many choose only to study word-recognition itself, modeling RT data gathered from lexical decision or naming tasks. Others choose to follow the linguistic pathways higher, studying how words are integrated into syntactic or semantic levels of discourse. In either circumstance, words are typically treated in a manner consistent with linguistic theory - as abstract, canonical units that may be recombined to create endless messages. Word recognition is appreciated for its stability across visual or auditory variations, and is theoretically likened to finding entries in a computer search or activating the proper node (or pattern) in a network.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRethinking Implicit Memory
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191670466
ISBN (Print)9780192632326
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012


  • Font-specific memory
  • Lexical decision
  • Psycholinguistics
  • RT data
  • Task naming
  • Word recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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