Reading quickly in the periphery

Tracey D. Berger, Marialuisa Martelli, Michael Su, Mauricio Aguayo, Denis G. Pelli

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Vision
Volume3
Issue number9
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StatePublished - 2003

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Berger, T. D., Martelli, M., Su, M., Aguayo, M., & Pelli, D. G. (2003). Reading quickly in the periphery. Journal of Vision, 3(9). https://doi.org/10.1167/3.9.806

Reading quickly in the periphery. / Berger, Tracey D.; Martelli, Marialuisa; Su, Michael; Aguayo, Mauricio; Pelli, Denis G.

In: Journal of Vision, Vol. 3, No. 9, 2003.

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Berger, TD, Martelli, M, Su, M, Aguayo, M & Pelli, DG 2003, 'Reading quickly in the periphery', Journal of Vision, vol. 3, no. 9. https://doi.org/10.1167/3.9.806
Berger, Tracey D. ; Martelli, Marialuisa ; Su, Michael ; Aguayo, Mauricio ; Pelli, Denis G. / Reading quickly in the periphery. In: Journal of Vision. 2003 ; Vol. 3, No. 9.
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