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Title: Linguistic and nonlinguistic influences on the eyes' landing positions during reading
Authors: White, Sarah J.
Liversedge, S.P.
First Published: Apr-2006
Publisher: Psychology Press (Taylor & Francis)
Citation: The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 2006, 59 (4), pp. 760-782
Abstract: Two eye tracking experiments show that, for near launch sites, the eyes land nearer to the beginning of words with orthographically irregular than with regular initial letter sequences. In addition, the characteristics of words, at least at the level of orthography, influence the direction and length of within-word saccades. Importantly, these effects hold both for lower case and for visually less distinctive upper case text. Furthermore, contrary to previous evidence (Tinker & Paterson, 1939), there is little effect of type case on reading times. Additional analyses of oculomotor behaviour suggest that there is an inverted optimal viewing position for single fixation durations on words. Both the supplementary analyses and the effects of orthography on fixation positions are relevant to current models of eye movements in reading.
DOI Link: 10.1080/02724980543000024
ISSN: 1747-0218
eISSN: 1747-0226
Version: Post print
Status: Peer reviewed
Type: Article
Rights: © The Experimental Psychology Society 2006. Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 2006, 59 (4), pp. 760-782, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:
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