A co-registration investigation of inter-word spacing and parafoveal preview : Eye movements and fixation-related potentials
Degno, F., Loberg, O., Zang, C., Zang, M., Donnelly, N., & Liversedge, S. P. (2019). A co-registration investigation of inter-word spacing and parafoveal preview : Eye movements and fixation-related potentials. PLoS ONE, 14(12), Article e0225819. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0225819
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Participants’ eye movements (EMs) and EEG signal were simultaneously recorded to examine foveal and parafoveal processing during sentence reading. All the words in the sentence were manipulated for inter-word spacing (intact spaces vs. spaces replaced by a random letter) and parafoveal preview (identical preview vs. random letter string preview). We observed disruption for unspaced text and invalid preview conditions in both EMs and fixation-related potentials (FRPs). Unspaced and invalid preview conditions received longer reading times than spaced and valid preview conditions. In addition, the FRP data showed that unspaced previews disrupted reading in earlier time windows of analysis, compared to string preview conditions. Moreover, the effect of parafoveal preview was greater for spaced relative to unspaced conditions, in both EMs and FRPs. These findings replicate well-established preview effects, provide novel insight into the neural correlates of reading with and without inter-word spacing and suggest that spatial selection precedes lexical processing. ...