For a brief period in his professional career George Jenks was keenly interested in the use of eye movement and fixation recordings as a means of studying the map reading process. From 1971 until about 1974 he and several of his students conducted experiments to determine whether these recordings could be used to unravel some of the many questions cartographers had about the relationships between map reading and map design. The purpose of this essay is to review that research as well as research of a related nature. Included here are discussions of earlier studies from which the studies of Jenks and his students developed and, of course, later work which built on the findings of these studies. An attempt will be made to show how this stream of research fits into the overall picture of cartographic research, to follow that stream up to the present, and even to speculate just a bit about its place in the future.
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