Using E-Z reader to model the effects of higher level language processing on eye movements during reading

Erik D. Reichle, Tessa Warren, Kerry McConnell

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Although computational models of eye-movement control during reading have been used to explain how saccadic programming, visual constraints, attention allocation, and lexical processing jointly affect eye movements during reading, these models have largely ignored the issue of how higher level, postlexical language processing affects eye movements. The present article shows how one of these models, E-Z Reader (Pollatsek, Reichle, & Rayner, 2006c), can be augmented to redress this limitation. Simulations show that with a few simple assumptions, the model can account for the fact that effects of higher level language processing are not observed on eye movements when such processing is occurring without difficulty, but can capture the patterns of eye movements that are observed when such processing is slowed or disrupted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes


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