Experimental manipulation of reading strategies

George W. McConkie, Keith Rayner, Steven J. Wilson

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Conducted 2 experiments in which undergraduates read a series of passages with each group consistently receiving a certain type of question after each passage. In Exp. I, 140 Ss were paid according to how fast they read. In Exp. II, 45 Ss were paid according to how many questions they answered correctly with a bonus based on speed. Reading strategies adopted by the different groups were analyzed. Breadth of information tested and payoff conditions used influenced reading speed. Ss reading for explicit detail and those reading to answer questions requiring inference adopted very similar strategies. Increasing reading speed primarily affected the amount of incidental information gained. (19 ref.) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Educational Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1 1973
Externally publishedYes


  • reading for speed vs accuracy, reading strategy, college students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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