Tracking your emotions – an eye-tracking study on reader's engagement with perspective during text comprehension

Child, Scarlett, Oakhill, Jane and Garnham, Alan (2020) Tracking your emotions – an eye-tracking study on reader's engagement with perspective during text comprehension. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. ISSN 1747-0218

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Abstract

An eye-tracking study explored perspective effects on eye-movements during reading. We presented texts that included either a personal perspective (you) or an onlooker perspective (he/she). We measured whether fixations on the pronouns themselves differed as a function of perspective, and whether fixations on pronouns were affected by the emotional valence of the text which was either positive or negative. It was found that early in the text, processing of you is easier than he or she. However, as the character referred to by he/she becomes more familiar, fixations on he/she decrease, specifically in negative contexts.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: eye-tracking, pronouns, text comprehension, perspective
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Sanjeedah Choudhury
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2020 08:26
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2020 08:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/89804

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