Reading: general introduction Reading is a familiar but complex skill in which perceptual and cognitive processes are interwoven. It is representative of the practically important behaviours studied by cognitive psychologists. The growing understanding of this complex skill is symptomatic of cognitive psychology’s successful commitment to matters of everyday interest and practical significance. It also demonstrates the close analysis that such matters must receive in the pursuit of insight and understanding. This chapter is devoted to an examination within the information-processing framework of some of the processes involved in reading.