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Combined eyetracking and keystroke-logging methods for studying cognitive processes in text production

Wengelin, Åsa, Torrance, Mark, Holmqvist, Kenneth, Simpson, Sol, Galbraith, David, Johansson, Victoria and Johansson, Roger (2009) Combined eyetracking and keystroke-logging methods for studying cognitive processes in text production Behavior Research Methods, 41, (2), pp. 337-351. (doi:10.3758/BRM.41.2.337).

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Writers typically spend a certain proportion of time looking back over the text that they have written. This is likely to serve a number of different functions, which are currently poorly understood. In this article, we present two systems, ScriptLog+TimeLine and EyeWrite, that adopt different and complementary approaches to exploring this activity by collecting and analyzing combined eye movement and keystroke data from writers composing extended texts. ScriptLog+TimeLine is a system that is based on an existing keystroke-logging program and uses heuristic, pattern-matching methods to identify reading episodes within eye movement data. EyeWrite is an integrated editor and analysis system that permits identification of the words that the writer fixates and their location within the developing text. We demonstrate how the methods instantiated within these systems can be used to make sense of the large amount of data generated by eyetracking and keystroke logging in order to inform understanding of the cognitive processes that underlie written text production.

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Published date: 2009
Organisations: Southampton Education School


Local EPrints ID: 337487
ISSN: 1554-351X
PURE UUID: 9158a624-0ab0-4fa9-b818-ef7419154a65

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Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:02

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Author: Åsa Wengelin
Author: Mark Torrance
Author: Kenneth Holmqvist
Author: Sol Simpson
Author: David Galbraith
Author: Victoria Johansson
Author: Roger Johansson

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