Title

Using a Real-Time Replay of Students' Word Processing to Understand and Promote Better Writing

ISBN or ISSN

0743-3808

Volume

22

Issue

2

Publication Date / Copyright Date

3-1990

First Page

142

Last Page

144

Publisher

Springer New York LLC

DOI Number

10.3758/BF03203136

Abstract

Research on the psychology of writing is difficult because the writing process is not as easy to study as is the written product. The software described in this paper, Real-Time Replay, provides access to the writing process by capturing all writer keystrokes and replaying them in realtime. Point of utterance revisions can be viewed at once by the writer, who can then provide an immediate, retrospective protocol of the process. In this paper, the main features of the replay software are described, along with an accompanying program for collecting descriptive statistics on written documents.

Both Real-Time Replay and Keystats were programmed in the C language by Mike Emerson, who is a computer science graduate student at the University of Maine.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

Keywords

Psychology of Writing, software, Real-Time Replay, Point of Utterance

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