ERIC Number: ED149296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Short-Term Memory Overload during Reading.
Wisher, Robert A.
This study examines the stages of information processing during a single eye fixation, by overloading or disrupting short-term memory. Ten navy enlistees identified tones that were emitted at sporadic times, while they read general-interest passages through an eye view monitor. Each trial ended with a ten-item test to ensure that all subjects comprehended the passages at a reasonable level. The data were examined for the length of the eye fixations, the reaction times in tone identification, and the indicated probabilities for regressing (rereading). The results indicate a two-stage process during eye fixation: first, within 100 milliseconds of eye fixation, the reader prepares to integrate information from previous fixations with information from the current fixation; second, after 100 milliseconds, the information from previous fixations has been encoded into some conceptual form, and the information from the current fixation begins a similar reencoding process. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (27th, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 1-3, 1977)