Some Temporal Characteristics of Processing During Reading

G. W. McConkie, N. R. Underwood, D. Zola, G. S. Wolverton

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College students read passages displayed on a cathode-ray tube as their eye movements were being monitored. During occasional fixations, all letters to the left of the directly fixated letter or all letters more than four to the right of the fixated letter were replaced by other letters. This replacement occurred either for only the first 100 ms of the fixation or only after the first 100 ms of the fixation. The eye movement data indicated that the eyes can respond to change in the visual stimulus within less than 100 ms and to orthographic irregularity in the text within less than 160 ms. No evidence was found for a left-to-right attentional scan during a fixation. The results were interpreted within the framework of a chronology of processing events occurring during a fixation in reading.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-186
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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