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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

The Effects of Spell Checker on Good and Poor Spellers' Complexity of Writing

Spell checker is a tool intended to assist in finding spelling errors. Writers may quickly begin to rely upon this tool to identify all types of errors as the only step during proofreading. Previous research has demonstrated that poor spellers are at a higher risk for becoming dependent on this software tool, even though spell checker cannot help in identifying certain types of errors. Additionally, poor spellers in this research admitted to putting less effort into spelling words when they used spell checker. This leads us to ask whether poor spellers will also allow this dependency to affect their construction of sentences as well. In the present research, college students' use of spell checker in relation to their writing complexity is examined. Text samples from good and poor spellers are analyzed to measure factors that contribute to syntactic complexity, including sentence length, word frequency, passivity, and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level.

Presenter: Julia Agafonova (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 216 Hartwell
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.