Encoding multiple words simultaneously in reading is implausible

Erik D. Reichle*, Simon P. Liversedge, Alexander Pollatsek, Keith Rayner

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Abstract

Several prominent models of reading posit that attention is distributed to support the parallel lexical processing of multiple words. We contend that the auxiliary assumptions underlying this attention-gradient hypothesis are not well founded. Here, we address three specific issues related to the ongoing debate about attention allocation during reading: (i) why the attention-gradient hypothesis is widely endorsed, (ii) why processing several words in parallel in reading is implausible and (iii) why attention must be allocated to only one word at a time. Full consideration of these arguments supports the hypothesis that attention is allocated serially during reading.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-119
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes

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