What is it about?

A corpus and experimental study examined the influence of word frequency and predictability for line-initial words. Both studies suggest that frequency and predictability influence post return-sweep fixation durations but not return-sweep targetting.

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Why is it important?

This work provides important benchmark findings for models of eye movement control that intend to use frequency and predictability to simulate reading across line boundaries.


It is hoped that this article leads researchers to think about the ways in which lexical processing may be influenced by text layout, such as line breaks.

Adam Parker
University of Oxford

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This page is a summary of: Word frequency, predictability, and return-sweep saccades: Towards the modeling of eye movements during paragraph reading., Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception & Performance, September 2019, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/xhp0000694.
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