BACS: The Brussels Artificial Character Sets for studies in cognitive psychology and neuroscience



Written symbols such as letters have been used extensively in cognitive psychology, whether to understand their contributions to written word recognition or to examine the processes involved in other mental functions. Sometimes, however, researchers want to manipulate letters while removing their associated characteristics. A powerful solution to do so is to use new characters, devised to be highly similar to letters, but without the associated sound or name. Given the growing use of artificial characters in experimental paradigms, the aim of the present study was to make available the Brussels Artificial Character Sets (BACS): two full, strictly controlled, and portable sets of artificial characters for a broad range of experimental situations.


Artificial characters Letters Uppercase/lowercase Similarity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Camille Vidal
    • 1
  • Alain Content
    • 1
  • Fabienne Chetail
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire Cognition Langage, Développement (LCLD), Centre de Recherche Cognition et Neurosciences (CRCN)Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)BrusselsBelgium

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