Phrase-Spaced Formats Improve Comprehension in Average Readers

Steven Jandreau, Thomas G Bever

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College readers read and answered questions on 12 short essays. Essays formatted so that points between phrases had fractional extra space added to them were comprehended better than normally formatted text. These improvements were specific to average readers. Practically, the results justify classroom research on the benefits of phrase-sensitive formatting; theoretically, the results add to existing evidence that poor to average readers specifically lack perceptual strategies for grouping word sequences into phrases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-146
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume77
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Phrase-Spaced Formats Improve Comprehension in Average Readers. / Jandreau, Steven; Bever, Thomas G.

In: Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 77, No. 2, 04.1992, p. 143-146.

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