Chinese deaf readers have early access to parafoveal semantics

Ming YAN, Jinger PAN, Nathalie N. BÉLANGER, Hua SHU

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Abstract

In the present study, we manipulated different types of information available in the parafovea during the reading of Chinese sentences and examined how deaf readers make use of the parafoveal information. Results clearly indicate that although the reading-level matched hearing readers make greater use of orthographic information in the parafovea, parafoveal semantic information is obtained earlier among the deaf readers. In addition, a phonological preview benefit effect was found for the better deaf readers (relative to less-skilled deaf readers), although we also provide an alternative explanation for this effect. Providing evidence that Chinese deaf readers have higher efficiency when processing parafoveal semantics, the study indicates flexibility across individuals in the mechanisms underlying word recognition adapting to the inputs available in the linguistic environment. Copyright © 2014 American Psychological Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254-261
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015

Citation

Yan, M., Pan, J., Bélanger, N. N., & Shu, H. (2015). Chinese deaf readers have early access to parafoveal semantics. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition, 41(1), 254-261. doi: 10.1037/xlm0000035

Keywords

  • Parafoveal
  • Sentence reading
  • Chinese
  • Deaf readers

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