To stimulate discussions among researchers, idea sharing, and collaborations, the workshop has been organized to provide a maximum of time to discussions. For these reasons, the number of participants is limited to 35 scholars, who have been invited by the organization committee.

In each 2-hour thematic sessions, four oral communications will be presented and followed by extensive discussions among participants. A discussant will be in charge of introducing the main issues and concluding.


 Keynote address

 The conference keynote will be presented by Pr. Brenda Rapp from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore USA, Brenda Rapp studies the cognitive processes and neural substrates that support oral and written word production and comprehension. She has edited several books and special issues and has published more than 80 articles and chapters in top-tier scientific journals. She also chairs the Cognitive Science Department at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA.


Pre-Workshop session

A pre-workshop session will be organized on July 1st, during which the Eye and Pen application will be presented. Eye and Pen allows recording and analyzing writers’ graphomotor and ocular movements when handwriting (see for more information). David Chesnet, developer of the program, will present the session.




– Wednesday, July, 1st:

10.-17.00: Optional pre-workshop: Eye and Pen: Presentation and training. David Chesnet & Eric Lambert

This workshop is around Eye and Pen, a research program developed at the University of Poitiers for investigating the psychological processes involved writing. The innovative aspects of Eye and end are its possibilities to record and analyze handwriting jointly with writers eye movement.


– Thursday, July, 2nd:

09.30-11.30:   Thematic session #1: Interaction between levels of processing in writing words (Chair: Eric Lambert)

  • Michael Vernon and Mark Torrance: Frequency effects in Keyboarded Trigram Production.
  • Carlos J. Álvarez and Laura Ezama: Do consonant and vowels play the same role in handwriting? A study with transposed letters.
  • Markus F. Damian, Qingqing Qu, et Xingshan Li: Phonology contributes to writing: Evidence from a masked priming task.
  • Qingqing Qu: Phonological and orthographic encoding in written word production.
    • Discussant: Patrick Bonin


11.30-12.30:   Poster session (Size of poster: 40” wide x 60” high)

  • Spelling difficulties in Alzheimer disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment.
    Olivia Afonso, Carlos J. Álvarez, Carmen Martínez, and Fernando Cuetos.
  • Which role for phonology in handwriting? Evidence from a color-writing task in French.
    Ophélie De Sousa Oliveira, Eric Lambert and Thierry Olive. 
  • The interaction of orthographic and motor processes in handwriting production: Exploring word frequency and length effects.
    Florie Gay, Yoko Sugaya, Cyril Perret, and Sonia Kandel.
  • The Impact of Grapheme and Syllable Boundaries on Handwritten Word Production in German.
    Stefan Hess and Sascha Schroeder.
  • ERP and behavioural evidence for interaction/cascade between central (linguistic) and peripheral (motor) processes during word handwriting.
    Mélanie Jucla, Samuel Planton, Jean-François Démonet, and Christiane Soum.
  • The effect of graphomotor constraints on the dynamics of handwriting in third and fifth graders.
    Eric Lambert, Thierry Olive and Ophélie De Sousa Oliveira.
  • AoA and lexical frequency effects in handwritten picture naming: A Topographic ERP Analysis study.
    Betty Laroche, Patrick Bonin, and Cyril Perret.
  • The role of phonology and orthography in Chinese written production in children.
    Qingfang Zhang and Chen Fen.
  • How do second graders handle morphemes when writing morphologically complex words? Insights from a copy task.
    Pauline Quémart and Eric Lambert.
  • Syntactic planning restricts lexical access in sentence production.
    Jens Roeser, Mark Torrance and Thomas Baguley.
  • Reading for writing differs from reading for word recognition.
    Solen Sausset, Eric Lambert, and Thierry Olive.
  • The power of handwriting: Eye-tracking evidence that letter identification is sensitive to our own motor experience.
    Yannick Wamain and Solène Kalénine.


12.30-14.00:   Lunch


14.00-16.00:   Thematic session #2: Writing words in different languages (Chair: Thierry Olive)

  • Patrick Bonin and Alain Meot: Does the use of different word production tasks to investigate handwriting spelling processes make a difference?
  • Marie-Josephe Tainturier: Cross-linguistic interactions in impaired and unimpaired bilingual spelling.
  • Sonia Kandel and Anna Ghimenton: Orthographic and/or phonological coding of double letters in English and Italian words.
  • Qingfang Zhang and Cheng Wang: Phonology is not accessed earlier than orthography in Chinese written production: An ERP Study.
    • Discussant: Markus Damian.


16.00-16.30:   Coffee break


16.30-18.30:   Thematic session #3: Writing words: Typical and atypical development (Chair: Pauline Quémart)

  • Sébastien Pacton: How does graphotactic knowledge and morphological relatedness influence children’s learning of new spellings?
  • Annabel Molyneaux, Anna Barnett, Vincent Connelly, Georgina Glenny, and Robert A. Davies: Sub-lexical fragmentation of words during handwriting in English.
  • Vincent Connelly, Emma Sumner, and Anna Barnett: Children and adults with Dyslexia struggling with writing: How does the impact of word spelling problems change over development?
  • Olivia Afonso, Paz Suárez-Coalla, and Fernando Cuetos: Spelling impairments in Spanish dyslexic adults.
    • Discussant: Vincent Connelly


From 9.00: Welcome Cocktail Reception


– Friday, July, 3rd

09.00-10.30:   Keynote: Pr. Brenda Rapp, Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Writing words: Can neural data further our understanding of the underlying cognitive representations and processes?


10.30-11.00:   Coffee break


11.00-13.00:   Thematic session #4: Writing words: which measures for which research questions? (Chair: Cyril Perret)

  • Guido Nottbusch: In-air pen movements in children and adults
  • Olivier Dufor, Mahmoud Hassan, Ahmad Mheich, Deok-Hee Kim-Dufor, Arnaud Biraben, Fabrice Wendling, and Claude Berrou: Comparison of methods for temporal segmentation of processes in language tasks.
  • Samuel Planton, Jean-François Démonet, and Mélanie Jucla: The “handwriting brain”: a motor/linguistic network with specialized “writing-specific” areas?
  • Tania Cerni, Jean-Luc Velay, Marianne Vaugoyeau, François-Xavier Alario, and Marieke Longcamp: Motor expertise for typing impacts lexical decision performance.
    • Discussant: Carlos Alvarez


13.00-14.00: Lunch


14.00-15.30: Closing session: Assessment of the workshop and prospective.