E-Z Reader: a cognitive-control, serial-attention model of eye-movement behavior during reading

Erik D. Reichle*, Alexander Pollatsek, Keith Rayner

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Abstract

The two core assumptions of the E-Z Reader model of eye-movement control during reading are that: (1) a preliminary stage of lexical access (i.e., the familiarity check) triggers the initiation of a saccadic program to move the eyes from one word to the next; and (2) attention is allocated serially, to one word at a time. This paper provides an overview of the model, some of the research that motivated its assumptions, and the various reading-related phenomena that the model can account for. This paper also summarizes how the model has been and is currently being used to guide empirical research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-22
Number of pages19
JournalCognitive Systems Research
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • attention
  • computational model
  • E-Z Reader
  • eye-movement control
  • lexical access
  • reading
  • saccades

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