Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 25 January 2020

Abstract and Keywords

Reading is a rather complex process, in which comprehension at a number of levels is essential. This article provides an overview of how different kinds of variable influence eye movements. Because eye movements are a natural part of the reading process, secondary tasks are not needed to make inferences about reading comprehension. Rather, information about where readers fixate in the text and how long they look at different parts of the text provides remarkably reliable data about comprehension at a number of levels. This article first examines the characteristics of eye movements during reading, and then looks at the different eye movement measures that are typically employed in reading research. It also examines the effects of lexical processing, syntactic processing, and discourse processing on eye movements. Thus, the focus is on comprehension at the word level, at the level of syntax, and at the level of higher-level discourse.

Keywords: reading, eye movements, reading comprehension, lexical processing, syntactic processing, discourse processing, syntax

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.