Attention to one word at a time in reading is still a viable hypothesis

rejoinder to Inhoff, Radach, and Eiter (2006)

Alexander Pollatsek*, Erik D. Reichle, Keith Rayner

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Abstract

A. W. Inhoff, R. Radach, and B. Eiter (2006) argue that the current version of the E-Z Reader model (A. Pollatsek, E. D. Reichle, & K. Rayner, 2006b) cannot explain 2 key findings in their data, and as a result, the assumption of words being attended to 1 at a time is likely to be false. In this rejoinder, the authors argue that the E-Z Reader model can easily explain the 1st of the 2 phenomena and that the 2nd phenomenon is likely to be at least partially an artifact of changing displays during fixations. The authors also argue that their assumptions about attention shifting are not contrary to the attention literature and that the assumption that A. W. Inhoff et al. deem to be unrealistic (i.e., instantaneous shifting of attention) is easily modified within the architecture of the model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1496-1500
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • alternating case
  • attention
  • eye fixation
  • eye movements
  • linguistic information
  • parafoveal preview
  • parallel processing
  • reading
  • saccade
  • time course
  • visibility
  • word recognition
  • words

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