Yap, Ju-Min Melvin
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Yap, Ju-Min Melvin

Associate Professor

Second Deputy Head of Department

Ph.D. (Washington), B.Soc.Sci. (Hons.) (NUS)

The ability to recognize visually presented words is a fundamental aspect of reading, and I am particularly interested in the processes that support visual word recognition. How do the orthographic, phonological, and semantic properties of words jointly influence word recognition speed and accuracy? How do important individual differences among readers moderate word recognition performance? To what extent to experimental effects reflect task-general versus task-specific processing? My research also relies on the analysis of big data (megastudies) and response time distributions to provide additional insights into the mechanisms and processes involved in recognizing words.

Research Interests:
  • Visual word recognition
  • Response time distributional analyses
  • Individual differences in word recognition
  • Word recognition megastudies
Recent/ Representative Publications:
  • Sze, W. P., Yap, M. J., & Rickard Liow, S. J. (in press).
    The role of lexical variables in the visual recognition of Chinese characters: A megastudy analysis.
    The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
  • Yap, M. J., & Balota, D. A. (2009).
    Visual word recognition of multisyllabic words.
    Journal of Memory & Language, 60, 502-529.
  • Yap, M. J., Balota, D. A., Sibley, D. E., & Ratcliff, R. (2012).
    Individual differences in visual word recognitions: Insights from the English lexicon project.
    Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 38, 53-79.
  • Yap, M. J., Rickard Liow, S. J., Jalil, S. B., & Faizal, S. S. B. (2010).
    The Malay lexicon project: A database of lexical statistics for 9,592 words.
    Behavior Research Methods, 42, 992-1003.