Parafoveal processing affects outgoing saccade length during the reading of Chinese

Yanping Liu, Erik D. Reichle, Xingshan Li*

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Participants' eye movements were measured while reading Chinese sentences in which target-word frequency and the availability of parafoveal processing were manipulated using a gaze-contingent boundary paradigm. The results of this study indicate that preview availability and its interaction with word frequency modulated the length of the saccades exiting the target words, suggesting important functional roles for parafoveal processing in determining where the eyes move during reading. The theoretical significance of these findings is discussed in relation to 2 current models of eye-movement control during reading, both of which assume that saccades are directed toward default targets (e.g., the center of the next unidentified word). A possible method for addressing these limitations (i.e., dynamic attention allocation) is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1229-1236
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese reading
  • parafoveal processing
  • eye-movement control


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