Reading disappearing text: why do children refixate words?

Blythe, Hazel I., Häikiö, Tuomo, Bertram, Raymond, Liversedge, Simon P. and Hyönä, Jukka (2011) Reading disappearing text: why do children refixate words? Vision Research, 51, (1), 84-92. (doi:10.1016/j.visres.2010.10.003).


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We compared Finnish adults’ and children’s eye movements on long (8-letter) and short (4-letter) target words embedded in sentences, presented either normally or as disappearing text. When reading disappearing text, where refixations did not provide new information, the 8- to 9-year-old children made fewer refixations but more regressions back to long words compared to when reading normal text. This difference was not observed in the adults or 10- to 11-year-old children. We conclude that the younger children required a second visual sample on the long words, and they adapted their eye movement behaviour when reading disappearing text accordingly.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.visres.2010.10.003
ISSNs: 0042-6989 (print)
1878-5646 (electronic)
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Cognition
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Psychology > Cognition
ePrint ID: 164953
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
October 2011Published
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2010 10:24
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:29

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