the discovery which, when presented for a short period of time, one letter is more easily recognized within the context of a term than whenever shown by itself. An alike, but weaker impact, is attained whenever letters are shown as part of a pronounceable, but meaningless vowel-consonant mixture. Commonly referred to as Reicher-Wheeler effect.

WORD-SUPERIORITY EFFECT (WSE): "According to the word superiority effect, individual letters are more easily identified when presented in the context of a word. "
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "WORD-SUPERIORITY EFFECT (WSE)," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 29, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/word-superiority-effect-wse/ (accessed February 19, 2020).