ERIC Number: ED258160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-4
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Mental Chronometry during Fixations in Reading: Processing Orthographic Characteristics of the Text.
Reddix, Michael D.; And Others
Thirty-six college students read a portion of a contemporary novel presented on a cathode ray tube while their eye movements were being monitored and recorded in an effort to determine how soon after the onset of a fixation during reading the mind begins to deal with characteristics of the language being perceived. The passage contained a total of 994 lines of text. Prior to reading, the participants were told that they would encounter words that had been replaced by other words or nonword strings in order to make reading more difficult. They were instructed that their task was to try to read and understand the text despite these obstacles. The passage was broken into 15 segments of approximately equal length. Subjects answered true-false comprehension questions after reading each segment, including a practice passage. The data indicated that eye movement control was affected by orthographic characteristics of the language within 140-159 msec. The results were found to be comparable to those of a previous study that utilized orthographically irregular strings, but involved stimulus changes during fixations. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
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