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Beyond the leftward limit of the perceptual span: Parafoveal processing to the left of fixation in Chinese reading
Liu, Weilin1,2; Angele, Bernhard3; Luo, Chunming1,2; Li, Xingshan1,2
First AuthorLiu, Weilin
2018-11-01
Source PublicationATTENTION PERCEPTION & PSYCHOPHYSICS
Correspondent Emaillixs@psych.ac.cn
ISSN1943-3921
SubtypeArticle
Volume80Issue:8Pages:1873-1878
Contribution Rank2
Abstract

During reading, Chinese readers have been found to obtain useful visual information from one character to the left to three characters to the right of fixation. The perceptual span is asymmetrical, and its leftward extent seems to be limited compared with the rightward extent. We conducted an experiment to investigate whether Chinese readers could process written information beyond the leftward extent of the perceptual span. We did this by using a variation of the gaze-contingent display change paradigm (Rayner, Cognitive Psychology, 81, 65-81, 1975) in order to manipulate the parafoveal postview that was available to the left of where readers were fixating. Each sentence contained an invisible boundary. Once the readers' eyes crossed the boundary, all of the characters to the left of the boundary except for one, two, or three characters directly to the left of the boundary were replaced with visually similar characters. The change lasted for only one single fixation, resulting in four different postview conditions including a control condition (n - 1, n - 2, n - 3, control). The results showed that, compared with the control condition, there were more regressions to the display change area immediately after readers' eyes crossed the boundary in the n - 1, n - 2, and n - 3 conditions, demonstrating that readers can acquire information from the three characters to the left of fixation at least.

KeywordChinese Reading Leftward Perceptual Span Boundary Paradigm
DOI10.3758/s13414-018-1599-3
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectCAS President's International Fellowship Initiative by the Chinese Academy of Sciences ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[31470984] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[31571125] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[31571125] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[31470984] ; CAS President's International Fellowship Initiative by the Chinese Academy of Sciences
WOS Research AreaPsychology
WOS SubjectPsychology ; Psychology, Experimental
WOS IDWOS:000449306200001
PublisherSPRINGER
WOS KeywordMixed-effects Models ; Eye-movements ; Information ; Asymmetry ; Sentences
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/27413
Collection中国科学院行为科学重点实验室
Corresponding AuthorLi, Xingshan
Affiliation1.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Dept Psychol, Beijing, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Behav Sci, 16 Lincui Rd, Beijing, Peoples R China
3.Bournemouth Univ, Dept Psychol, Fac Sci & Technol, Poole, Dorset, England
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Liu, Weilin,Angele, Bernhard,Luo, Chunming,et al. Beyond the leftward limit of the perceptual span: Parafoveal processing to the left of fixation in Chinese reading[J]. ATTENTION PERCEPTION & PSYCHOPHYSICS,2018,80(8):1873-1878.
APA Liu, Weilin,Angele, Bernhard,Luo, Chunming,&Li, Xingshan.(2018).Beyond the leftward limit of the perceptual span: Parafoveal processing to the left of fixation in Chinese reading.ATTENTION PERCEPTION & PSYCHOPHYSICS,80(8),1873-1878.
MLA Liu, Weilin,et al."Beyond the leftward limit of the perceptual span: Parafoveal processing to the left of fixation in Chinese reading".ATTENTION PERCEPTION & PSYCHOPHYSICS 80.8(2018):1873-1878.
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