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Attention demands during reading and the occurrence of brief (express) fixations

Eye movements were recorded while undergraduate Ss (N = 26) read passages of text repeatedly (Exp 1) and while normal text and strings of homogeneous letters were fixated (Exp 2). Text repetition decreased fixation durations and increased saccade size, presumably because it decreased attention demands. Irrespective of repetition, however, no distinct distribution of brief fixations emerged. In Exp 2, fixation durations were shorter and saccades were larger when strings of homogeneous letters were read, indicating that this condition decreased attention demands. Again, however, no distinct distribution of express fixations emerged. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)



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