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Title: The distribution of fixation durations during reading: effects of stimulus quality.
Authors: White, SJ
Staub, A
First Published: Jun-2012
Citation: J EXP PSYCHOL HUM PERCEPT PERFORM, 2012, 38 (3), pp. 603-617
Abstract: Participants' eye movements were recorded as they read single sentences presented normally, presented entirely in faint text, or presented normally except for a single faint word. Fixations were longer when the entire sentence was faint than when the sentence was presented normally. In addition, fixations were much longer on a single faint word embedded in normal text, compared to when the entire sentence was faint. The primary aim of the study was to examine the influence of stimulus quality on the distribution of fixation durations. Ex-Gaussian fitting revealed that stimulus quality affected the mean of the Normal component, but in contrast to results from single-word tasks (Plourde & Besner, 1997), stimulus quality did not affect the exponential component, regardless of whether one or all words were faint. The results also contrast with the finding (Staub, White, Drieghe, Hollway, & Rayner, 2010) that the word frequency effect on fixation durations is an effect on both of the critical distributional parameters. These findings are argued to have implications for the interpretation of the role of stimulus quality in word recognition, and for models of eye movement control in reading.
DOI Link: 10.1037/a0025338
eISSN: 1939-1277
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Psychology

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