Eye movements during Chinese reading

Chuanli Zang, Simon P. Liversedge, Xuejun Bai and Guoli Yan

in The Oxford Handbook of Eye Movements

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

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Eye movements during Chinese reading

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Research on eye movements during Chinese reading is reviewed. We begin by briefly describing the basic characteristics of the Chinese writing system, and then address five main topics: 1) basic characteristics of eye movements during Chinese reading; 2) the influence of the intrinsic characteristics of Chinese orthography on eye movements (e.g. stroke complexity, frequency, predictability, and neighbourhood size); 3) selection of saccade targets during Chinese reading; 4) parafoveal effects (perceptual span, parafoveal preview effects, and parafoveal-on-foveal effects); and 5) developmental changes in eye movements during Chinese reading. Finally, some important theoretical issues associated with Chinese reading are discussed.

Keywords: eye movements; Chinese reading; parafoveal effects; cognitive processing; visual information

Article.  12424 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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