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    Eye Movement Control During Reading: A Simulation of Some Word-Targeting Strategies

    Reilly, Ronan and O'Regan, J. Kevin (1998) Eye Movement Control During Reading: A Simulation of Some Word-Targeting Strategies. Vision Research, 38 (2). pp. 303-317. ISSN 0042-6989

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    McConkie, Kerr, Reddix, & Zola [(1988). Vision Research, 28, 1107–1118] demonstrated that the distributions of landing sites on a word tended to be gaussian in shape. They provided a detailed account of the behaviour of the eye once a target had been selected and a saccade initiated, but said little about the process of target selection itself. The purpose of this study was to take as a starting point the landing site distributions of McConkie et al., in particular the residuals derived from fitting the gaussians to the empirical data, and to explore by computer simulation a number of saccade targeting strategies in order to discover candidates that best accounted for the residual data. Our results indicate that the strategy that gives the best fit involves targeting the longest word in a right parafoveal window extending 20 characters to the right of the currently fixated word. The implications of this finding for models of reading are discussed.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the preprint version of the published article which is available at DOI: 10.1016/S0042-6989(97)87710-3
    Keywords: Eye movements; Reading; Computer simulation;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 8204
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    Depositing User: Prof. Ronan Reilly
    Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 15:40
    Journal or Publication Title: Vision Research
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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