Cognitive processing and models of reading

Erik D. Reichle, Keith Rayner

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Reading involves the orchestration of many information-processing stages; as the eyes move across the printed page, the visual features of the text are converted into orthographic and phonological patterns, which are then used to guide further language processing so that the content of the text can be understood. One can gain an appreciation of the complexity of these processes by examining the table of contents in a psychology of reading textbook; minimally, one finds chapters devoted to the topics of eye movement control, word recognition, semantic and syntactic analyses, and discourse processing (Just and Carpenter, 1987; Perfetti, 1985; Rayner and Pollatsek, 1989; Taylor and Taylor, 1983).

On the outside, the reader has rotated his eyes only a few millimeters....But on the inside, there has been a rapid succession of intricate events. Clearly, this succession could only be the product of a complex information processing system...It contains components that are asked to perform amazing feats with amazing rapidity, and precisely in concert. —Gough (1972, P. 341)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModels of the visual system
EditorsGeorge K. Hung, Kenneth C. Ciuffreda
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherKluwer Academic
Number of pages40
ISBN (Electronic)9781475758658
ISBN (Print)9781441933775
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameTopics in biomedical engineering international book series


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