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Petroula (Betty) Mousikou

Petroula (Betty) Mousikou

Thesis Details

Computational modelling of the masked priming effect.

A computational model is created to simulate a set of processes observed in the natural world in order to gain an understanding of these processes and to predict the outcome of natural processes given a specific set of input parameters. The Dual Route Cascaded computational model of visual word recognition and reading aloud (Coltheart, Rastle, Perry, Langdon & Ziegler, 2001) is intended to explain how skilled readers perform certain basic reading tasks. Moreover, the masked priming paradigm has been widely used in psycholinguistic research in order to observe the very early stages of processing in visual word recognition and reading aloud tasks. This method has been developed to tap into automatic processes, while avoiding the use of expectancy-based and postlexical relatedness checking strategies. The present research mainly focuses on the application of the DRC model to the explanation of human performance in the masked priming task, which aims to enhance our knowledge of basic reading mechanisms.

  • Type: PhD
  • Scholarship : iMurs
  • Supervisors : Professor Max Coltheart, Dr Matthew Finkbeiner and Associate Professor Sachiko Kinoshita

Petroula (Betty) is also a current member of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. For more information on Petroula (Betty)'s research please visit their CCD profile.

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