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Home Research Topics Eye Movement Corpus Analysis Feng (2009, JEMR). Time Course and Hazard Function: A Distributional Analysis of Fixation Duration

Feng (2009, JEMR). Time Course and Hazard Function: A Distributional Analysis of Fixation Duration


Feng, G. (2009). Time course and hazard function: A distributional analysis of fixation duration in reading. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 3(2):2, 1-22. http://www.jemr.org/online/3/2/3

Abstract. Reading processes affect not only the mean of fixation duration but also its distribution function. This paper introduces a set of hypotheses that link the timing and strength of a reading process to the hazard function of a fixation duration distribution. Analyses based on large corpora of reading eye movements show a surprisingly robust hazard function across languages, age, individual differences, and a number of processing variables. The data suggest that eye movements are generated stochastically based on a stereotyped time course that is independent of reading variables. High-level reading processes, however, modulate eye movement programming by increasing or decreasing the momentary saccade rate during a narrow time window. Implications to theories and analyses of reading eye movement are discussed.

PS: The author wishes to thank Alan Kennedy for sharing the Dundee English reading eye movement corpus. See the Methods and References sections in the article for more details.

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