Stroke encoding processes of Chinese character during sentence reading

Mingjun ZHAI, Hsuan-Chih CHEN, Chi Wing Michael YIP

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The present study was conducted to examine whether traditional and simplified Chinese readers (TCRs and SCRs) differed in stroke encoding in character processing by an eye-tracking experiment. We recruited 66 participants (32 TCRs and 34 SCRs) to read sentences comprising characters with different proportions and types of strokes removed in order to explore whether any visual complexity effect existed in their processing of simplified and traditional Chinese characters. The present study found a cross-script visual complexity effect and that SCRs were more influenced by visual complexity change in lexical access than were TCRs. In addition, the stroke-order effect appeared to be more salient for TCRs than for SCRs. Copyright © 2020 Hogrefe Publishing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-39
JournalExperimental Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020


Zhai, M., Chen, H.-C., & Yip, M. C. W. (2020). Stroke encoding processes of Chinese character during sentence reading. Experimental Psychology, 67(1), 31-39. doi: 10.1027/1618-3169/a000478


  • Parsing
  • Monitoring task
  • Verb position
  • Word order change


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