Effects of disfluency in writing

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Colleges, School and Institutes

Abstract

While much previous research has suggested that decreased transcription fluency has a detrimental effect on writing, there is recent evidence that decreased fluency can actually benefit cognitive processing. Across a series of experiments, we manipulated transcription fluency of ostensibly skilled typewriters by asking them to type essays in two conditions: both‐handed and one‐handed typewriting. We used the Coh‐Metrix text analyser to investigate the effects of decreased transcription fluency on various aspects of essay writing, such as lexical sophistication, sentence complexity, and cohesion of essays (important indicators of successful writing). We demonstrate that decreased fluency can benefit certain aspects of writing and discuss potential mechanisms underlying disfluency effects in essay writing.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-650
Number of pages26
JournalBritish Journal of Psychology
Volume107
Issue number4
Early online date20 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

Keywords

  • disfluency, writing, Coh‐Metrix