Journal article

Perceptual Learning of Visual Span Improves Chinese Reading Speed

Zhuoting Zhu, Yin Hu, Chimei Liao, Ren Huang, Stuart Keel, Yanping Liu, Mingguang He

INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE | ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

Purpose: Evidence has indicated that the size of the visual span (the number of identifiable letters without movement of the eyes) and reading speed can be boosted through perceptual learning in alphabetic scripts. In this study, we investigated whether benefits of perceptual learning could be extended to visual-span size and sentence reading (all characters are presented at the same time) for Chinese characters and explored changes in sensory factors contributing to changes in visual-span size following training. Methods: We randomly assigned 26 normally sighted subjects to either a control group (n = 13) or a training group (n = 13). Pre- and posttests were administered to evaluate visual-..

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Grants

Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China


Funding Acknowledgements

Supported by Fundamental Research Funds of the State Key Laboratory in Ophthalmology and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31500890). Mingguang He receives support from the University of Melbourne at Research Accelerator Program and the CERA Foundation. The Centre for Eye Research Australia receives Operational Infrastructure Support from the Victorian State Government. The sponsor or funding organization had no role in the design or conduct of this research.