October 2003
Volume 3, Issue 9
Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   October 2003
Reading quickly in the periphery
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  • Tracey D Berger
    New York University, USA
Journal of Vision October 2003, Vol.3, 806. doi:https://doi.org/10.1167/3.9.806
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      Tracey D Berger, Marialuisa Martelli, Michael Su, Mauricio Aguayo, Denis G Pelli; Reading quickly in the periphery. Journal of Vision 2003;3(9):806. https://doi.org/10.1167/3.9.806.

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In the periphery, crowding obscures word content, yet somehow people still read quickly. To unravel this mystery, we measured reading rate, varying eccentricity, letter spacing, letter size, and word order. We find that when words are ordered, reading rate is independent of letter spacing; when words are unordered, reading rate falls at the small letter spacings at which crowding is expected. Word order compensates for the impoverished word content caused by crowding, enabling fast peripheral reading.

Berger, T. D., Martelli, M., Su, M., Aguayo, M., Pelli, D. G.(2003). Reading quickly in the periphery [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 3( 9): 806, 806a, http://journalofvision.org/3/9/806/, doi:10.1167/3.9.806. [CrossRef]

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