Rapid Automatized Naming and Its Unique Contribution to Reading: Evidence from Chinese Dyslexia

  • Jinger Pan
  • Hua ShuEmail author
Part of the Literacy Studies book series (LITS, volume 8)


Rapid automatized naming (RAN) is suggested to be a significant predictor of reading. However, how it is related to reading and whether it contributes uniquely to reading with phonological awareness statistically controlled is unclear. In this chapter, we reported a study of 45 fourth and fifth grade Chinese children with dyslexia and 45 age-matched controls. They were administrated processing speed tasks, auditory temporal processing, RAN, phonological awareness, Chinese character recognition, and timed word list reading. Results showed that Chinese dyslexic children performed poorer than typical developing children in all tasks. And principal component analyses revealed that RAN loaded in both phonological processing and processing speed component. RAN uniquely predicted Chinese timed and untimed word reading, while phonological awareness predicted only untimed Chinese word reading. The underlying mechanism and the role of RAN in Chinese were discussed.


Dyslexia Chinese Rapid naming Phonological awareness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and LearningBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

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