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date: 29 March 2020

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Research on eye movements during Chinese reading is reviewed. We begin by briefly describing the basic characteristics of the Chinese writing system, and then address five main topics: 1) basic characteristics of eye movements during Chinese reading; 2) the influence of the intrinsic characteristics of Chinese orthography on eye movements (e.g. stroke complexity, frequency, predictability, and neighbourhood size); 3) selection of saccade targets during Chinese reading; 4) parafoveal effects (perceptual span, parafoveal preview effects, and parafoveal-on-foveal effects); and 5) developmental changes in eye movements during Chinese reading. Finally, some important theoretical issues associated with Chinese reading are discussed.

Keywords: eye movements, Chinese reading, parafoveal effects, cognitive processing, visual information

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