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Reading disappearing text: why do children refixate words?

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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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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), pp. 84-92. (doi:10.1016/j.visres.2010.10.003).

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Published date: October 2011

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Local EPrints ID: 164953
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/164953
ISSN: 0042-6989
PURE UUID: 6afb48a4-31f6-418f-9baf-14e2c8550e29

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Date deposited: 08 Oct 2010 10:24
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:28

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Author: Hazel I. Blythe
Author: Tuomo Häikiö
Author: Raymond Bertram
Author: Jukka Hyönä

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