Written production (PREC)
The “Writing” research team tackles a basic dimension of literacy: the cognitive bases of writing and of its acquisition. The research conducted by the team members looks into written production but also related activities such as reading or note-taking. The subjects studied may be prototypical, inexperienced or expert writers, of writers with a handicap such as dyslexia, dysphasia or dyspraxia.
The written production activity is approached theoretically in order to understand better the problems raised by the command of the written language and its acquisition and approached in a more finalized perspective through research work on the learning of writing at school, on professional writing, on the impact of writing tools (keyboard, pencil and paper) through the development of computer-assisted tools.
The real-time analysis of cognitive functioning, a field of expertise in which the team has gained worldwide recognition, is given priority. The analyses conducted are based in particular on devices developed by the research team, such as the “Eye and Pen” software, which helps investigate jointly the dynamics of writing and the writers’ eye movements. Or also methods are applied in an innovative way to written production, e. g., electroencephalographic analysis.
The following research questions are being addressed by our research team :
– How does one write texts and learn to write texts?
– Which psychological mechanisms are used to find the spelling of words?
– How do the various writing tools affect the writing process?
Written production, acquisition, spelling, writing, composition, writing tool, reading.
Director : Thierry Olive, CR CNRS, at the University of Poitiers.
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