Microethology of Spelling Behaviour in Normal and Dyslexic Development
The term microethology borrows from biology a concern with the natural stream of behaviour and, from cognitive psychology, a concern with analytical detail. The behaviour in this case was the writing (printing) of familiar words in one’s own natural tempo. The words were written with a felt pen on a plexiglass panel, rather like writing on a blackboard, and were videotaped through the plexiglass. A counter was superimposed on the videotape, so the exact course of the writing could be analyzed on a millisecond by millisecond basis.
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