Parafoveal load of word N+1 modulates preprocessing effectiveness of word N+2 in Chinese reading

Ming YAN, Reinhold KLIEGL, Hua SHU, Jinger PAN, Xiaolin ZHOU

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Abstract

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. Copyright © 2010 American PsychologicalAssociation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1669-1676
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Volume36
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2010

Citation

Yan, M., Kliegl, R., Shu, H., Pan, J., & Zhou, X. (2010). Parafoveal load of word N+1 modulates preprocessing effectiveness of word N+2 in Chinese reading. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36(6), 1669-1676. doi: 10.1037/a0019329

Keywords

  • Chinese reading
  • Eye movements
  • Parafoveal-on-foveal effects
  • Preview benefit
  • Lexical processing

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