Parafoveal Load of Word N+1 Modulates Preprocessing Effectivenessof Word N+2 in Chinese Reading

  • Preview benefits (PBs) from two words to the right of the fixated one (i.e., word N+2)and associated parafoveal-on-foveal effects are critical for proposals of distributed lexical processing during reading. This experiment examined parafoveal processing during reading of Chinese sentences, using a boundary manipulation of N+2-word preview with low- and high-frequency words N+1. The main findings were (a) an identity PB for word N+2 that was (b) primarily observed when word N+1 was of high frequency (i.e., an interaction between frequency of word N+1 and PB for word N+2), and (c) a parafoveal-on-foveal frequency effect of word N+1 for fixation durations on word N. We discuss implications for theories of serial attention shifts and parallel distributed processing of words during reading.

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Author:Yan Ming, Reinhold Kliegl, Hua Shu, Jinger Pan, Xiaolin Zhou
Title Additional (English):Ming Yan; Reinhold Kliegl; Hua Shu; Jinger Pan; Xiaolin Zhou
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Humanwissenschaftliche Reihe (paper 250)
Document Type:Postprint
Date of Publication (online):2011/12/12
Year of Completion:2010
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2011/12/12
Source:Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. - ISSN 0096-1523. - 36 (2010), S. 1669-1676
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Psychologie
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Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht
Notes extern:This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form was published in
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36, 1669-1676. Online First Publication, August 23, 2010.
DOI: 10.1037/a0019329
2010 copyright. The American Psychological Association.