Parafoveal processing and word skipping during reading Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Choi, Wonil
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • In this study, two questions related to eye movements during reading and word recognition were addressed: 1) Does the process of word recognition influence eye movements during reading? 2) If so, to what extent does lexical processing influence word skipping? Experiment 1 showed a greater rate of skipping for high-frequency target words than low-frequency target words when full-parafoveal preview of those target words was available but not when parafoveal preview consisted of nonwords created by transposing two word-internal letters of the target. Experiment 2 investigated further how lexical status influences eye movements during reading by manipulating word repetition and parafoveal preview. The results showed that lexicality of letter string in parafoveal preview is a crucial determinant of word skipping. These results support models of reading in which control of eye movements is strongly influenced by word recognition and where lexical processing occurs for one input word at a time.
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  • Gordon, Peter
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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