Visual information encoding during fixations in reading for children and adults.

Hazel Blythe, Simon Liversedge, Holly Joseph, Sarah White, Keith Rayner

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1583-1591
JournalVision Research
Volume49
Issue number12
Early online date27 Mar 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes

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