Long-range regressions to previously read words are guided by spatial and verbal memory.

Weger, Ulrich W. and Inhoff, Albrecht W. (2007) Long-range regressions to previously read words are guided by spatial and verbal memory. Memory & Cognition, 35 (6). pp. 1293-1306. ISSN 0090-502X . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

To examine the nature of the information that guides eye movements to previously read text during reading (regressions), we used a relatively novel technique to request a regression to a particular target word when the eyes reached a predefined location during sentence reading. A regression was to be directed to a close or a distant target when either the first or the second line of a complex two-line sentence was read. In addition, conditions were created that pitted effects of spatial and linguistic distance against each other. Initial regressions were more accurate when the target was spatially near, and effects of spatial distance dominated effects of verbal distance. Initial regressions rarely moved the eyes onto the target, however, and subsequent "corrective' regressions that homed in on the target were subject to general linguistic processing demands, being more accurate during first-line reading than during second-line reading. The results suggest that spatial and verbal memory guide regressions in reading. Initial regressions are primarily guided by fixation-centered spatial memory, and corrective regressions are primarily guided by linguistic knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: C.A. Simms
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2008 18:13
Last Modified: 02 May 2014 13:25
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4571 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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