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Title

Event structure guides reading behavior as revealed by eye movements

Department

Psychology Department

College

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

Individuals segment information in narrative texts into discrete events, with distinct boundaries between those events. How might event structure affect reading behavior? The present study examines whether eye-movements during discourse comprehension reveal how readers respond online to event structure. In two experiments, reading times were slower for event boundaries, according to multiple measures, and regressions varied by event structure. Working memory capacity interacted with reading effects, showing a larger processing load from event boundaries.

Conference Name

Society for Text & Discourse

Conference Location

Valencia, Spain

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