One of the advantages of posting experiments on the Web rather than running them in a lab is that it makes it easier to recruit participants who don’t happen to live near the lab.

Two years ago, I was testing an idea in the literature about the differences between reading an alphabetic script like English vs. reading a character-based script like Chinese. Although there are a fair number of Chinese-speakers living in Cambridge, it was still a lot of work to recruit enough participants. When I finally do the follow-up study, I’ll post it on the Web.

In the meantime, I have a new experiment in Russian. Because America produces the bulk of the world’s scientific research (for now), much of the work on language has focused on English. Periodically, it’s a good idea to check other languages and make sure what we know about English generalizes (or doesn’t). And so was born


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