Using eye movements to understand the leakage of information during Chinese reading

Yanping Liu*, Erik D. Reichle

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    How is attention allocated during reading? The present eye-movement experiment used a paradigm developed by Liu and Reichle (Psychological Science, 29, 278–287, 2018) to examine object-based attention during reading: Participants were instructed to read one of two spatially overlapping sentences containing colocated target/distractor words of varying frequency. Although target-word frequency modulated fixation-duration measures on the target word, the distractor-word frequency also had a smaller, independent effect. Survival analyses indicate that the distractor-word effect occurred later than the target-word effect, suggesting that subtle orthographic cues were noticed either later or occasionally, thereby modulating decisions about when to move the eyes. The theoretical ramifications of this “leakage” of information are discussed with respect to the general question of attention allocation during reading and possible differences between the reading of Chinese versus English.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2323–2329
    Number of pages7
    JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
    Issue number6
    Early online date25 Apr 2018
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


    • attention
    • eye movements
    • reading
    • survival analysis


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