Writing and Cognition


Writing is central to the functioning of developed societies. However, the psychological processes that allow us to transform complex ideas into language and express them on paper or computer screen are poorly understood. Writing and Cognition goes some way towards remedying this. It describes new and diverse work both by field leaders and by newer researchers exploring the complex relationships between language, the mind, and the environments in which writers work. Chapters range in focus from a detailed analysis of single-word production to the writing of whole texts. They explore the basic processes involved in writing, the effects of writing on thought and how these vary across different educational and workplace contexts.

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Introduction, Mark Torrance
Parallel Processing Before and After Pauses: A Combined Analysis of Graphomotor and Eye Movements During Procedural Text Production, Michel Fayol
From Written Word to Written Sentence Production, Said Sahel
Influence of Typing Skill on Pause–Execution Cycles in Written Composition, Sven Stromqvist
The Word-Level Focus in Text Production by Adults with Reading and Writing Difficulties, Asa Wengelin
GIS for Writing: Applying Geographical Information Systems Techniques to Data Mine Writings’ Cognitive Processes, Kristyan Spelman Miller
Verbal and Visual Working Memory in Written Sentence Production, Annie Piolat
Effects of Note-Taking and Working-Memory Span on Cognitive Effort and Recall Performance, Annie Piolat
The Dynamics of Idea Generation During Writing: An Online Study, Gert Rijlaarsdam
Skilled Writers’ Generating Strategies in L1 and L2: An Exploratory Study, Johanne S. Bourdages
The Writing Superiority Effect in the Verbal Recall of Knowledge: Sources and Determinants, Joachim Grabowski
The Effect of Writing on Phonological Awareness in Spanish, Sofia A. Vernon
Developmental Trends in a Writing To Learn Task, Melanie P. Prince
Approaches to Writing, Ellen Lavelle
Cognitive Processes in Discourse Synthesis: The Case of Intertextual Processing Strategies, Rachel Segev-Miller
Preformulation in Press Releases: What the Writing Process Tells Us about Product Characteristics, Kim Sleurs
Talking to Write: Investigating the Practical Impact and Theoretical Implications of Speech Recognition (SR) Software on Real Writing Tasks, Vanessa Pittard
How do Writers Adapt to Speech Recognition Software? The Influence of Learning Styles on Writing Processes in Speech Technology Environments, Marielle Leijten
Longitudinal Studies of the Effects of New Technologies on Writing: Two Case Studies, James Hartley
Learning by Hypertext Writing: Effects of Considering a Single Audience versus Multiple Audiences on Knowledge Acquisition, Rafael Jaron
Supporting Individual Views and Mutual Awareness in a Collaborative Writing Task: The Case of Collaboracio, Severinson Eklundh

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