Tracking the mind during reading via eye movements: comments on Kliegl, Nuthmann, and Engbert (2006)

Keith Rayner*, Alexander Pollatsek, Denis Drieghe, Timothy J. Slattery, Erik D. Reichle

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Abstract

R. Kliegl, A. Nuthmann, and R. Engbert (2006) reported an impressive set of data analyses dealing with the influence of the prior, present, and next word on the duration of the current eye fixation during reading. They argued that outcomes of their regression analyses indicate that lexical processing is distributed across a number of words during reading. The authors of this comment question their conclusions and address 4 different issues: (a) whether there is evidence for distributed lexical processing, (b) whether so-called parafoveal-on-foveal effects are widespread, (c) the role of correlational analyses in reading research, and (d) problems in their analyses because they use only cases in which words are fixated exactly once.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-529
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: General
Volume136
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • eye movements
  • fixation times
  • models of eye-movement control
  • reading

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