Why readers regress to previous words: A statistical analysis


While the major models of eye movement control in reading propose very different mechanisms for the generation of saccades to previous words, there has been relatively little empirical data to distinguish these hypotheses. Here we provide a systematic statistical analysis of the factors that elicit these saccades in a corpus of eye movements. We show that the results are contrary to the predictions of a number of accounts, and provide new evidence to discriminate among the models.

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