Children’s eye movements during reading

Hazel I. Blythe and Holly S.S.L. Joseph

in The Oxford Handbook of Eye Movements

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199539789
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Children’s eye movements during reading

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In this chapter, we evaluate the literature to date on children’s eye movements during reading. We describe the basic developmental changes that occur in eye movement behaviour during reading, discuss age-related changes in the extent and time-course of information extraction during fixations in reading, and compare the effects of visual and linguistic manipulations in the text on children’s eye movement behaviour in relation to skilled adult readers. We argue that future research will benefit from examining how eye movement behaviour during reading develops in relation to language and literacy skills, and use of computational modelling with children’s eye movement data may improve our understanding of the mechanisms that underlie the progression from beginning to skilled reader.

Keywords: children's eye movement; visual information; developmental changes; reading

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Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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