Reading Disappearing Text

Rayner, Keith, Liversedge, Simon Paul orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8579-8546, White, Sarah J. and Vergilino-Perez, Dorine (2003) Reading Disappearing Text. Psychological Science, 14 (4). pp. 385-388. ISSN 0956-7976

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Participants read sentences containing high- or low-frequency target words under normal reading conditions or disappearing-text conditions (in which the word that was fixated disappeared after 60 ms). Even though the fixated word had disappeared after 60 ms, there was still a robust frequency effect wherein readers fixated longer on low-frequency words than on high-frequency words. Thus, the results are consistent with cognitive-control models of eye movement control and inconsistent with visual/oculomotor-control models. Although the uptake of visual information is clearly important for reading, it is the cognitive processes associated with understanding the fixated words that drive the eyes through the text.

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