What is it about?
Some features of words have been shown to affect how long it takes to read them. For example, how common a word is. We have shown that when a reader is familiar with a text – in this case the Harry Potter universe – they can read fictional, niche words (for example muggle or quidditch) as if they were real, uncommon words.
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Why is it important?
Our findings show that with enough knowledge and experience of a subject readers can integrate words without grounding in reality into their mental dictionary. Readers use information from surrounding text to help them recognise when a fictional word is most-appropriate.
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This page is a summary of: Words from the wizarding world: Fictional words, context, and domain knowledge., Journal of Experimental Psychology Learning Memory and Cognition, November 2020, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/xlm0000946.
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