The frequency-predictability interaction in reading: it depends where you're coming from.

Hand, C. J., Miellet, S., O'Donnell, P. J. and Sereno, S. C., 2010. The frequency-predictability interaction in reading: it depends where you're coming from. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36 (5), 1294 - 1313 .

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DOI: 10.1037/a0020363

Abstract

A word's frequency of occurrence and its predictability from a prior context are key factors determining how long the eyes remain on that word in normal reading. Past reaction-time and eye movement research can be distinguished by whether these variables, when combined, produce interactive or additive results, respectively. Our study addressed possible methodological limitations of prior experiments. Initial results showed additive effects of frequency and predictability. However, we additionally examined launch site (the distance from the pretarget fixation to the target) to index the extent of parafoveal target processing. Analyses revealed both additive and interactive effects on target fixations, with the nature of the interaction depending on the quality of the parafoveal preview. Target landing position and pretarget fixation time were also considered. Results were interpreted in terms of models of language processing and eye movement control. Our findings with respect to parafoveal preview and fixation time constraints aim to help parameterize eye movement behavior.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0096-1523
Uncontrolled Keywords:Anticipation, Psychological ; Attention ; Comprehension ; Female ; Fixation, Ocular ; Humans ; Male ; Orientation ; Reaction Time ; Reading ; Recognition (Psychology) ; Saccades ; Semantics ; Visual Fields ; Young Adult
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Science and Technology
ID Code:22093
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:12 Jun 2015 10:51
Last Modified:12 Jun 2015 10:51

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