Effects of contextual constraint on eye movements in reading: A further examination

  • Rayner K
  • Well A
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Abstract

The effect of contextual constraint on eye movements in reading was examined by asking subjects to read sentences that contained a target word that varied in contextual constraint; high-, medium-, or low-constraint target words were used. Subjects fixated low-constraint target words longer than they did either high-or medium-constraint target words. In addition, they skipped high-constraint words more than they did either medium-or low-constraint target words. The results further confirm that contextual constraint has a strong influence on eye movements during reading.

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  • Keith Rayner

  • Arnold D. Well

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