Eye movement control in reading: updating the E-Z Reader model to account for initial fixation locations and refixations

Keith Rayner, Erik D. Reichle, Alexander Pollatsek

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Abstract

In this chapter, we describe recent work in which we (Reichle, Rayner and Pollatsek, 1999) updated the E-Z Reader model (Reichle, Pollatsek, Fisher and Rayner, 1998) to account for initial landing positions in words and refixations during reading. Prior simulations by Reilly and O’Regan (1998) suggested that fixation locations are primarily determined by word length information, and that the identification of words plays only a minimal role in deciding where to move the eyes. This claim appears to be problematic for the E-Z Reader model in that within the model lexical access is the engine that drives the eyes forward during reading. However, we show that a newer version of E-Z Reader which still assumes that lexical access is the engine driving eye movements, accurately predicts the locations of fixations and within-word refixations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReading as a perceptual process
EditorsAlan Kennedy, Ralph Radach, Dieter Heller, Joël Pynte
Place of PublicationAmsterdam ; New York
PublisherElsevier
Pages701-719
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780080515762
ISBN (Print)9780080436425
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2000
Externally publishedYes

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