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ERIC Number: ED120691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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Using After Images in the Analysis of Letter and Word Focalization.
Dunn-Rankin, Peter
This paper presents the results of investigations into mature readers' focal point when viewing letters, words, and phrases. The focal points are accurately determined by using the after image created from a spot of light. The after image is then superimposed on the reading material. The results show that the focal point does not fall haphazardly on the stimulus, nor is it evenly distributed. Rather, a mechanism of subconscious visual preprocessing is suggested. This preprocessing, while an innate capacity of the organism, is susceptible to development by frequency of exposure to such symbolic stimuli as letters and words. In the mature reader this visual preprocessing results in an efficient placement of the focal point. A developmental model of visual preprocessing as it relates to reading is proposed. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document