ERIC Number: ED307592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Eye Movement Control during Reading: II. Frequency of Refixating a Word. Technical Report No. 469.
McConkie, G. W.; And Others
As part of a series of studies describing the oculomotor behavior of skilled readers, a study investigated whether a word refixation curve exists. Subjects, 66 college students fixating over 40,000 times, read lines of text from a computer screen and were instructed to read for meaning without regard to errors. Results of eye movement control indicated that the frequency of immediately refixating a word following an initial eye fixation on it varies with the location of the fixation and that the data fit a parabolic function. The study concluded that the observed curvilinear relation results naturally from models that postulate a linear decrease in acuity with retinal eccentricity. Effects of word length and cultural frequency on the frequency of refixating were also examined. (Six figures and three tables of data are included; 27 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.