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Lesen macht Freude | Reading is fun
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How do we Investigate reading?

Reading happens - at least for adults - quietly in the mind of the reader. But how can it be investigated scientificly? Researchers have developed a number of clever methods to uncover the tracks of reading processes. Besides the examination of eye movements, measuring the time children and adults need for reading out words aloud and identifying the mistakes they make is one example for such a technique. Naming speed depends amongst others on language characteristics of words: For example long words take more time than short ones and unknown words are processed slowlier than known ones. However, not everyone reacts equally to such changes which allows important conclusions for diagnositcs.

The REaD research projects use different methods depending on the particular research question. On the following pages you find information on techniques for recognition of objects and words and sentences and texts. Furthermore the group developed the German Children's Title Recognition Test (K-TRT), a method to measure children's print exposure.