Perceiving words during reading: Lack of facilitation from prior peripheral exposure

George W. McConkie, David Zola, Harry E. Blanchard, Gary S. Wolverton

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As their eye movements were being monitored, college students read short texts displayed on a cathode-ray tube. As they read, the contents of certain word locations changed from fixation to fixation, alternating between two words differing in two letters. This manipulation had no effect on reading unless the subjects happened to regress to or reread the word later. The results indicated that these words, which were low in contextual constraint, were read only when directly fixated, and that there was no facilitation from prior peripherally obtained information about the words.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-281
Number of pages11
JournalPerception & Psychophysics
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Psychology(all)


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