Pauline Schröter and Sascha Schroeder

The Developmental Lexicon Project: A behavioral database to investigate visual word recognition across the lifespan.

Behavior Research Methods

With the Developmental Lexicon Project (DeveL), we present a large-scale study that was conducted to collect data on visual word recognition in German across the lifespan. A total of 800 children from Grades 1 to 6, as well as two groups of younger and older adults, participated in the study and completed a lexical decision and a naming task. We provide a database for 1,152 German words, comprising behavioral data from seven different stages of reading development, along with sublexical and lexical characteristics for all stimuli. The present article describes our motivation for this project, explains the methods we used to collect the data, and reports analyses on the reliability of our results. In addition, we explored developmental changes in three marker effects in psycholinguistic research: word length, word frequency, and orthographic similarity. The database is available online. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)

Sponsor: Max Planck Society. Recipients: No recipient indicated