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A computerized test of speed of language comprehension unconfounded by literacy

May, J., Alcock, K.J., Robinson, L. and Mwita, C. (2001) A computerized test of speed of language comprehension unconfounded by literacy. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 15 (4). pp. 433-443. ISSN 0888-4080


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A computerised version of the Silly Sentences task developed for use with children (Baddeley et al, 1995) is found to be equivalent to the pencil-and-paper version from the SCOLP Test (Baddeley et al, 1992) with UK undergraduates, and is usable by a sample of young UK children. Because the sentences are presented aloud instead of being written, the computerised test is not affected by literacy skills. Translated into Kiswahili, the task was used in Tanzanian schools, despite the absence of an electricity supply and a very different cultural background. The decision latencies had a test-retest reliability of 0.69 over 5 months, and were independent of age and baseline decision speed. The task appears appropriate for longitudinal studies, including those in developing countries. Given its simplicity and the correlations with the original SCOLP version of the task, it may also be useful in studies on literate adults.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This is a pre-print of an article published in Applied Cognitive Psychology.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > Department of Psychology (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 27 May 2005
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 13:06
Published Version: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/4...
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1002/acp.715
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/505

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