Eye movement control in reading: Word predictability has little influence on initial landing positions in words

Keith Rayner, Katherine S. Binder, Jane Ashby, Alexander Pollatsek

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Abstract

We examined the initial landing position of the eyes in target words that were either predictable or unpredictable from the preceding sentence context. Although readers skipped over predictable words more than unpredictable words and spent less time on predictable words when they did fixate on them, there was no difference in the launch site of the saccade to the target word. Moreover, there was only a very small difference in the initial landing position on the target word as a function of predictability when the target words were fixated which is most parsimoniously explained by positing that a few programmed skips of the target word fell short of their intended target. These results suggest that low-level processing is primarily responsible for landing position effects in reading.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)943-954
Number of pages12
JournalVision Research
Volume41
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

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