Blythe, Hazel I., Häikiö, Tuomo, Bertram, Raymond, Liversedge, Simon P. and Hyönä, Jukka
Reading disappearing text: why do children refixate words?
Vision Research, 51, (1), . (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.
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