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Word length and landing position effects during reading in children and adults

Joseph, H. S. S. L. ORCID:, Liversedge, S. P., Blythe, H. I., White, S. J. and Rayner, K. (2009) Word length and landing position effects during reading in children and adults. Vision Research, 49 (16). pp. 2078-2086. ISSN 0042-6989

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.visres.2009.05.015


The present study examined the effects of word length on children’s eye movement behaviour when other variables were carefully controlled. Importantly, the results showed that word length influenced children’s reading times and fixation positions on words. Furthermore, children exhibited stronger word length effects than adults in gaze durations and refixations. Adults and children generally did not differ in initial landing positions, but did differ in refixation behaviour. Overall, the results indicated that while adults and children show similar effects of word length for early measures of eye movement behaviour, differences emerge in later measures.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Language and Literacy in Education
ID Code:43403


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