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Visual information capture during fixations in reading for children and adults

Visual information capture during fixations in reading for children and adults
Visual information capture during fixations in reading for children and adults
Two experiments were undertaken to examine whether there is an age-related change in the speed with which readers can capture visual information during fixations in reading. Children’s and adults’ eye movements were recorded as they read sentences that were presented either normally or as “disappearing text”. The disappearing text manipulation had a surprisingly small effect on the children, inconsistent with the notion of an age-related change in the speed with which readers can capture visual information from the page. Instead, we suggest that differences between adults and children are related to the level of difficulty of the sentences for readers of different ages.
children, eye movements, reading
0042-6989
1583-1591
Blythe, Hazel I.
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Liversedge, Simon P.
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Joseph, Holly S.S.L.
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White, Sarah J.
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Rayner, Keith
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Joseph, Holly S.S.L.
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White, Sarah J.
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Blythe, Hazel I., Liversedge, Simon P., Joseph, Holly S.S.L., White, Sarah J. and Rayner, Keith (2009) Visual information capture during fixations in reading for children and adults. Vision Research, 49 (12), 1583-1591. (doi:10.1016/j.visres.2009.03.015).

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Abstract

Two experiments were undertaken to examine whether there is an age-related change in the speed with which readers can capture visual information during fixations in reading. Children’s and adults’ eye movements were recorded as they read sentences that were presented either normally or as “disappearing text”. The disappearing text manipulation had a surprisingly small effect on the children, inconsistent with the notion of an age-related change in the speed with which readers can capture visual information from the page. Instead, we suggest that differences between adults and children are related to the level of difficulty of the sentences for readers of different ages.

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Published date: June 2009
Keywords: children, eye movements, reading

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Local EPrints ID: 66586
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/66586
ISSN: 0042-6989
PURE UUID: ec1ba832-072f-4806-be32-ae876b305dff

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Date deposited: 30 Jun 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2019 23:50

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Author: Hazel I. Blythe
Author: Simon P. Liversedge
Author: Holly S.S.L. Joseph
Author: Sarah J. White
Author: Keith Rayner

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