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iPhones revolutionise scientific research

Posted on 12/10/2011

Professor Kathy Rastle, from the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, has created an iPhone app to help conduct her research. The app tests the participant's word power by asking them to decide whether each word presented is a real word or a non-word. The application measures accuracy and importantly the time taken to make such decisions, i.e reaction time.

This task has historically provided considerable insight into the cognitive processes involved in skilled reading as well as reading impairments such as dyslexia, through measuring millisecond-level response time and accuracy in deciding if a letter string is a word or not.

The app is free to download from iTunes AppStore (search for "Science XL") and is non-profit making.

Click here for more information on how to get involved.

Full news story on RHUL website here.


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