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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (5): 796-803.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.00796

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The influence of writing on reading: Evidence from the contrast between traditional writing and typing

ZHU Zhaoxia1(), LIU Li2, CUI Lei1, PENG Danling2   

  1. 1 School of Psychology, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250014, China
    2 State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Received:2018-04-12 Online:2019-05-15 Published:2019-03-20
  • Contact: Zhaoxia ZHU


Writing and reading are both developed on the basis of written language and share some common neural mechanisms. Writing can affect reading processing due to that reading not only relies on visual processing, but also relies on writing motor representation. Different ways of writing have different effects on reading, i.e., traditional writing promotes reading processing, whilst typing impedes the reading processing to some extent. For Chinese readers, traditional writing promotes reading processing by strengthening orthographic representation, however, the effect of typing on reading processing is still controversial. In the future, we should investigate the different neural mechanisms underlying different writing approaches. More importantly, we should focus on the influence of typing on Chinese character processing.

Key words: writing, typing, reading, neural mechanism, Chinese character processing

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