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Title: The effects of interword spacing on the eye movements of young and older readers
Authors: McGowan, Victoria A.
White, Sarah J.
Paterson, Kevin B.
First Published: 12-Dec-2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge) for European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCOP)
Citation: Victoria A. McGowan, Sarah J. White & Kevin B. Paterson (2014): The effects of interword spacing on the eye movements of young and older readers, Journal of Cognitive Psychology
Abstract: Recent evidence indicates that older adults (aged 65+) are more disrupted by removing interword spaces than young adults (aged 18-30). However, it is not known whether older readers also show greater sensitivity to the more subtle changes to this spacing that frequently occur during normal reading. In the present study the eye movements of young and older adults were examined while reading texts for which interword spacing was normal, condensed to half its normal size, or expanded to 1.5 times its normal size. Although these changes in interword spacing affected eye movement behaviour, this influence did not differ between young and older adults. Furthermore, a word frequency manipulation showed that these changes did not affect word identification for either group. The results indicate that older adults can adapt their eye moment behaviour to accommodate subtle changes in the spatial layout of text equally effectively as young adults.
DOI Link: 10.1080/20445911.2014.988157
ISSN: 2044-5911
eISSN: 2044-592X
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Journal of Cognitive Psychology 2014
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Psychology

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