Knowledge of the alphabet: A comparison between letter counts and subjective reports

Philip H. Marshall, Clay E. George

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Abstract

Subjects' estimates of the frequency of occurrence of the letters of the alphabet were compared with previously reported letter-frequency counts. The results indicated an overall good relationship between actual and judged rank, but there were consistent letter-specific under- and overestimations. These inaccuracies were not accounted for by letter versatility, first-position frequency, or order in the alphabet. There was evidence that subject-derived estimates of letter frequency were somewhat better predictors of reaction time performance on letter-processing tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-579
Number of pages3
JournalBehavior Research Methods & Instrumentation
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1983

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