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Tracking the mind during reading via eye movements: Comments on Kliegl, Nuthmann, and Engbert (2006)

By Keith Rayner, Alexander Pollatsek, Denis Drieghe, Timothy J. Slattery and Erik D. Reichle


Kliegl, Nuthmann, and Engbert (2006) reported an impressive set of data analyses dealing with the influence of the prior, present, and next word on the duration of the current eye fixation during reading. They argued that outcomes of their regression analyses indicate that lexical processing is distributed across a number of words during reading. In this comment, we question their conclusions and address four different issues: (1) whether there is evidence for distributed lexical processing, (2) whether so-called parafoveal-on-foveal effects are widespread, (3) the role of correlational analyses in reading research, and (4) problems in their analyses with only using cases where words are fixated exactly once

Topics: BF
Year: 2007
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