Journal article

Visual span and cognitive factors affect Chinese reading speed

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

Journal of Vision | ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC | Published : 2019


Visual span, which is the number of recognizable letters seen without moving the eyes, has been proven to impose a sensory limitation for alphabetic reading speed (Chung, 2011; Chung, Legge, & Cheung, 2004; Lee, Kwon, Legge, & Gefroh, 2010; Legge, Ahn, Klitz, & Luebker, 1997; Legge, Hooven, Klitz, Stephen Mansfield, & Tjan, 2002; D. Yu, Cheung, Legge, & Chung, 2010). However, little is known about the effects of visual span on Chinese reading performance. Of note, Chinese text differs greatly from that of the alphabetic writing system. There are no spaces between words, and readers are forced to utilize their lexical knowledge to segment Chinese characters into meaningful words, thus increas..

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Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by Fundamental Research Funds of the State Key Laboratory in Ophthalmology and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31500890). Prof. 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. The authors have no financial or other conflicts of interest concerning this study.