ERIC Number: ED184077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Time on Text: The Use of Eye Movement Records in Assigning Processing Time to Text.
Hogaboam, Thomas W.
As six subjects read a history text, their eye movements/fixations were monitored and recorded. A processing profile was created for each subject, and the correlations between pairs of profiles were computed. The correlations were all positive, but quite small. Although the differences between correlations were not large enough to indicate a definite rank order, one generalization emerged: the higher correlations were associated with processing spans shorter than or equal to the saccade length. This finding tends to support the idea that the perceptual span extends from one fixation point rightword to the point of the next fixation. In the production of a single profile that represented the processing load at various points in the text, it was observed that less attention/fixation was given to the definite article "the," and that increased processing times occurred for dates and numbers in the text. Since many issues concerning the reading process are critically dependent upon notions of processing load, the construction and analysis of processing profiles from eye movement records can be quite useful to reading researchers and theorists. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 8-12, 1979). For related documents see CS 005 071, CS 005 321-323 and ED 178 861.