Inhibition of saccade return in reading

Keith Rayner, Barbara Juhasz, Jane Ashby, Charles Clifton

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We examined the characteristics of readers' eye movements as they read sentences or short passages of text and compared the durations of eye fixations preceding two types of saccades: (a) saccades to words that were fixated on the prior fixation (return saccades) and (b) saccades in which the eyes moved about the same distance but did not land on a word fixated on the prior fixation (non-return saccades). Consistent with research from much simpler attention or oculomotor tasks, we found what could be considered an inhibition of return effect: fixations preceding return saccades were longer than those preceding non-return saccades.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1027-1034
Number of pages8
JournalVision Research
Issue number9
StatePublished - Apr 2003


  • Inhibition of return
  • Reading
  • Saccades


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