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

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

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2078-2086
JournalVision Research
Volume49
Issue number16
Early online date28 May 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes

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