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Behav Res Methods Instrum Comput. 2002 Nov;34(4):471-80.

A contingent speech technique in eye movement research on reading.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, State University of New York, Binghamton, New York 13902, USA. inhoff@binghamton.edu


A novel eye-movement-contingent method is presented. It builds on and extends established eye-movement-contingent visual display change methods in that it uses movements of the eyes to control the presentation of acoustic information during sentence reading. In one implementation, an irrelevant spoken word is presented when the eyes cross a predetermined spatial boundary before they move on to a selected visual target word. The relationship between the spoken word and the visual target is manipulated, and the pattern of interference, caused by the presentation of the spoken word, is used to determine the nature and time course of activated representations. Results from three recently completed experiments in which the technique was used show that a word's phonological code remains active after it has been read and that the activated code has speech-like properties.

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