Psychology

Presented by Associate Professor Denis Drieghe, University of Southampton, UK

Date: Thursday 12 May 2016

Time: 1- 2pm

Location: Room 526, Level 5 Hughes Building, North Terrace Campus

No RSVP required, all welcome!

Speaker: Associate Professor Denis Drieghe is head of the Centre for Vision and Cognition at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdm. He earned his PhD in Experimental Psychology from Ghent University in Belgium, and has also worked at the University of Massachusetts before moving to the UK. His work centres on the processes involved in reading, particularly as studied through the eye movements involved. He has recently started exploring reading in languages that are non-alphabetic (e.g. Chinese) or use a non-Latin alphabet (e.g. Arabic) and also studies reading in bilinguals.

Abstract: Assuming that during sentence reading the word the eyes are fixating on is recognized by the end of the fixation, it is tempting to think of eye movements in
reading as a sequence of word-to-word movements. In this talk, I will focus on an instance in which the target selection during reading clearly deviates from a word-by-word sequence: when proficient readers are reading an English text, their eyes are never directed at about one-third of the words. During my talk, I will review the different explanations that have been proposed for this phenomenon of word skipping. Empirical data will be presented from several eye movement experiments extending current knowledge of what triggers the oculomotor system to plan a saccade to the next word or to skip it. These experiments aim to determine just how fine-grained the information is that is acquired from the word located in the parafovea before saccade target selection takes place.

 

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