Eye Movements and Word Skipping During Reading: Effects of Word Length and Predictability

Authors: Rayner, K., Slattery, T.J., Drieghe, D. and Liversedge, S.P.

Journal: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance

Volume: 37

Issue: 2

Pages: 514-528

ISSN: 0096-1523

DOI: 10.1037/a0020990

Abstract:

Eye movements were monitored as subjects read sentences containing high- or low-predictable target words. The extent to which target words were predictable from prior context was varied: Half of the target words were predictable, and the other half were unpredictable. In addition, the length of the target word varied: The target words were short (4-6 letters), medium (7-9 letters), or long (10-12 letters). Length and predictability both yielded strong effects on the probability of skipping the target words and on the amount of time readers fixated the target words (when they were not skipped). However, there was no interaction in any of the measures examined for either skipping or fixation time. The results demonstrate that word predictability (due to contextual constraint) and word length have strong and independent influences on word skipping and fixation durations. Furthermore, because the long words extended beyond the word identification span, the data indicate that skipping can occur on the basis of partial information in relation to word identity. © 2011 American Psychological Association.

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Eye movements and word skipping during reading: effects of word length and predictability.

Authors: Rayner, K., Slattery, T.J., Drieghe, D. and Liversedge, S.P.

Journal: J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform

Volume: 37

Issue: 2

Pages: 514-528

eISSN: 1939-1277

DOI: 10.1037/a0020990

Abstract:

Eye movements were monitored as subjects read sentences containing high- or low-predictable target words. The extent to which target words were predictable from prior context was varied: Half of the target words were predictable, and the other half were unpredictable. In addition, the length of the target word varied: The target words were short (4-6 letters), medium (7-9 letters), or long (10-12 letters). Length and predictability both yielded strong effects on the probability of skipping the target words and on the amount of time readers fixated the target words (when they were not skipped). However, there was no interaction in any of the measures examined for either skipping or fixation time. The results demonstrate that word predictability (due to contextual constraint) and word length have strong and independent influences on word skipping and fixation durations. Furthermore, because the long words extended beyond the word identification span, the data indicate that skipping can occur on the basis of partial information in relation to word identity.

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Eye Movements and Word Skipping During Reading: Effects of Word Length and Predictability

Authors: Rayner, K., Slattery, T.J., Drieghe, D. and Liversedge, S.P.

Journal: JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-HUMAN PERCEPTION AND PERFORMANCE

Volume: 37

Issue: 2

Pages: 514-528

eISSN: 1939-1277

ISSN: 0096-1523

DOI: 10.1037/a0020990

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Eye movements and word skipping during reading: Effects of word length and predictability.

Authors: Rayner, K., Slattery, T.J., Drieghe, D. and Liversedge, S.P.

Journal: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance

Volume: 37

Pages: 514

Publisher: American Psychological Association

Source: Manual

Eye movements and word skipping during reading: effects of word length and predictability.

Authors: Rayner, K., Slattery, T.J., Drieghe, D. and Liversedge, S.P.

Journal: Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance

Volume: 37

Issue: 2

Pages: 514-528

eISSN: 1939-1277

ISSN: 0096-1523

DOI: 10.1037/a0020990

Abstract:

Eye movements were monitored as subjects read sentences containing high- or low-predictable target words. The extent to which target words were predictable from prior context was varied: Half of the target words were predictable, and the other half were unpredictable. In addition, the length of the target word varied: The target words were short (4-6 letters), medium (7-9 letters), or long (10-12 letters). Length and predictability both yielded strong effects on the probability of skipping the target words and on the amount of time readers fixated the target words (when they were not skipped). However, there was no interaction in any of the measures examined for either skipping or fixation time. The results demonstrate that word predictability (due to contextual constraint) and word length have strong and independent influences on word skipping and fixation durations. Furthermore, because the long words extended beyond the word identification span, the data indicate that skipping can occur on the basis of partial information in relation to word identity.

Source: Europe PubMed Central

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