Electrical measurement of internal information processing during silent reading and listening


When one listens, one “says what one hears.” In reading, one “says what one sees,” following which, one “hears what one says.” The processes of intermodal transfer and of phonetic coding to achieve lexical-semantic processing are hypothesized. The technologic consequence is that covert oral behavior (subvocalization) during silent reading is beneficial to children and should not be tampered with by the teacher.

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McGuigan, F.J. Electrical measurement of internal information processing during silent reading and listening. Pav. J. Biol. Sci. 14, 218–225 (1979). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03003003

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  • Semantic Processing
  • Auditory Modality
  • Silent Reading
  • Linguistic Input
  • Phonetic Code