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ERIC Number: EJ860076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
Do Chinese Readers Obtain Preview Benefit from Word "n" + 2? Evidence from Eye Movements
Yang, Jinmian; Wang, Suiping; Xu, Yimin; Rayner, Keith
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v35 n4 p1192-1204 Aug 2009
The boundary paradigm (K. Rayner, 1975) was used to determine the extent to which Chinese readers obtain information from the right of fixation during reading. As characters are the basic visual unit in written Chinese, they were used as targets in Experiment 1 to examine whether readers obtain preview information from character "n" + 1 and character "n" + 2. The results from Experiment 1 suggest they do. In Experiment 2, 2-character target words were used to determine whether readers obtain preview information from word "n" + 2 as well as word "n" + 1. Robust preview effects were obtained for word "n" + 1. There was also evidence from gaze duration (but not first fixation duration), suggesting preview effects for word "n" + 2. Moreover, there was evidence for parafoveal-on-foveal effects in Chinese reading in both experiments. Implications of these results for models of eye movement control are discussed. (Contains 10 footnotes, 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Language: English
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