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What Can Eye Movements Tell Us about Higher Level Comprehension?

Department of Educational Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA
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Vision 2019, 3(3), 45;
Received: 28 February 2019 / Revised: 3 August 2019 / Accepted: 1 September 2019 / Published: 6 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Eye Movements and Visual Cognition)
The majority of eye tracking studies in reading are on issues dealing with word level or sentence level comprehension. By comparison, relatively few eye tracking studies of reading examine questions related to higher level comprehension in processing of longer texts. We present data from an eye tracking study of anaphor resolution in order to examine specific issues related to this discourse phenomenon and to raise more general methodological and theoretical issues in eye tracking studies of discourse processing. This includes matters related to the design of materials as well as the interpretation of measures with regard to underlying comprehension processes. In addition, we provide several examples from eye tracking studies of discourse to demonstrate the kinds of questions that may be addressed with this methodology, particularly with respect to the temporality of processing in higher level comprehension and how such questions correspond to recent theoretical arguments in the field. View Full-Text
Keywords: eye tracking; reading; anaphor; discourse comprehension eye tracking; reading; anaphor; discourse comprehension
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Cook, A.E.; Wei, W. What Can Eye Movements Tell Us about Higher Level Comprehension? Vision 2019, 3, 45.

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