The emergence of adaptive eye movements in reading

Yanping Liu, Erik Reichle

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Simulations were completed using artificial reading "agents" that are subject to known physiological (e.g., limited visual acuity) and psychological (e.g., limited attention) constraints and capable of learning to move their eyes and allocate attention to read as efficiently as possible. These simulations indicate that agents learn when and where to move their eyes to attain maximal reading efficiency, generalize this behavior from training sentences to novel test sentences, and use word length to predict word-identification times and thereby make optimal decisions about when to initiate saccadic programming—even if word length is only moderately predictive of word-identification times. These results suggest that humans may exploit even modestly informative cues in learning to decide when to move their eyes during reading.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCogSci 2010
Subtitle of host publication32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society : proceedings
EditorsStellan Ohlsson, Richard Catrabone
Place of PublicationAustin, TX
PublisherCognitive Science Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781617388903
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (32nd : 2010) - Portland, United States
Duration: 11 Aug 201014 Aug 2010


ConferenceAnnual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (32nd : 2010)
CountryUnited States

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