David Rothlein

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Most cognitive theories of reading and spelling posit modality-specific representations of letter shapes, spoken letter names, and motor plans as well as abstract, amodal letter representations that serve to unify the various modality-specific formats. However, fundamental questions remain regarding the very existence of abstract letter representations, the(More)
The literate brain must contend with countless font variants for any given letter. How does the visual system handle such variability? One proposed solution posits stored structural descriptions of basic letter shapes that are abstract enough to deal with the many possible font variations of each letter. These font-invariant representations, referred to as(More)
What are the learned representations that contribute to object identification? Using letter stimuli in behavioral and fMRI paradigms, we provide evidence for the role of stored "standard" letter shapes and abstract letter identity representations, also identifying their neural substrates within left ventral cortex. The behavioral experiments involved(More)
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