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Stroop effect and emergent readers.

The Stroop Effect is a test of visual perception and response. Many variations of this test have been used to explore differences based on gender and age and to better understand how humans process visual input. We have been working with variations of the Stroop test for the past two years. This year our research seeks to add to the body of knowledge about this topic by looking specifically at emergent and proficient readers. We could not find any studies relating to our question and feel that it is important as another piece of the human puzzle. If there are statistically significant differences between emergent and proficient readers we have a new clue about how/when we acquire symbolic language. Our preliminary results show that emergent readers show no statistically significant difference in their response times for color as compared to response time for word, while proficient readers do show a statistically significant difference. This supports our hypothesis that emergent readers would be more familiar with colors than words and would be less distracted by words written in different colors.

Kaleigh Gehring, Highland High School

Samuel Weeks, Highland High School

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Title Annotation:56TH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE IDAHO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE: THEME: ENERGY, MATERIALS, AND NANOTECHNOLOGY
Author:Gehring, Kaleigh; Weeks, Samuel
Publication:Journal of the Idaho Academy of Science
Article Type:Abstract
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2014
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