Binocular coordination of the eyes during reading: word frequency and case alternation affect fixation duration but not fixation disparity.
Juhasz, Barbara.J., Liversedge, Simon.P., White, Sarah.J. and Rayner, Keith. (2006) Binocular coordination of the eyes during reading: word frequency and case alternation affect fixation duration but not fixation disparity. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 59, (9), 1614-1625. (doi:10.1080/17470210500497722).
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This experiment investigated whether properties of the text being read affect binocular coordination of the eyes during reading. Readers' binocular eye movements were recorded while they read sentences that contained high- and low-frequency words. In addition, half of the sentences were presented in normal case, and half were presented in alternating case (i.e., AlTeRnAtInG cAsE). Past research has suggested that the visual system tolerates less binocular fixation disparity with alternating than with normal case (Heller & Radach, 1999). While both word frequency and alternating case produced large effects on fixation durations on the target word, neither manipulation affected the magnitude of fixation disparity. It is concluded that linguistic and visual properties of the text being read do not influence binocular coordination of the eyes during reading. Additional analyses also showed no difference in fixation disparity between reading and a nonlinguistic task. Implications of these results for split-fovea models of reading are discussed.
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Cognition
|Date Deposited:||29 Jul 2008|
|Last Modified:||02 Mar 2012 12:32|
|Contributors:||Juhasz, Barbara.J. (Author)
Liversedge, Simon.P. (Author)
White, Sarah.J. (Author)
Rayner, Keith. (Author)
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