Accession Number : ADA118118

Title :   The Diurnal Function of Reading Rate, Comprehension and Efficiency.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Englund,Carl E

PDF Url : ADA118118

Report Date : Jul 1979

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : The time course of RR (Reading Rate) and RC (Reading Comprehension), when examined autorhythmometrically, has shown diurnal functions distinctly different from each other. Reading rate appears to be faster in the morning hours, progressively decreasing over the day. Reading comprehension improved from a low morning point to mid-day peaks, falling again late at night much the same way as oral temperature (OT). Reading efficiency is affected by performance in rate and comprehension. The function appears bimodal with a general shape similar to reading comprehension. The circadian rhythms of oral temperature, general activation (GA) and memory were found to be synchronous, all peaking mid-afternoon. Attempts to predict the values of either OT, GA, STM (Short-Term Memory) or reading performance from knowing the value of the other variable at a particular time were not successful. Holding time-of-day constant, thus removing the circadian effect, would only indicate direction of change. The fact that cause-effect relationships between these functions could not be established by this method may indicate that these functions operate somewhat independently. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Reading, Rates, Efficiency, Comprehension, Diurnal variations, Functions, Measurement

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE