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Visual information capture during fixations in reading for children and adults

Blythe, H. I., Liversedge, S. P., Joseph, H., White, S. J. and Rayner, K. (2009) Visual information capture during fixations in reading for children and adults. Vision Research. ISSN 0042-6989

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.visres.2009.03.015

Abstract/Summary

Two experiments were undertaken to examine whether there is an age-related change in the speed with which readers can capture visual information during fixations in reading. Children’s and adults’ eye movements were recorded as they read sentences that were presented either normally or as “disappearing text”. The disappearing text manipulation had a surprisingly small effect on the children, inconsistent with the notion of an age-related change in the speed with which readers can capture visual information from the page. Instead, we suggest that differences between adults and children are related to the level of difficulty of the sentences for readers of different ages.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Language and Literacy in Education
ID Code:43404

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