Memory for word locations in reading.


Sentences were presented in various spatial formats, and readers localised one word of each sentence using a mouse cursor directly after reading. There was a localisation advantage for cumulative over single-word displays, for left-to-right presentation over presentation in a 3 x 3 grid, and for complete over incomplete sentences. Comparing performance for predictable and unpredictable word locations suggests that word location memory in reading decays within three seconds to a span of only 2-3 entries, and that readers can then reconstruct word locations from item memory. Implications for the role of spatial cognition in reading are discussed.

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@article{Fischer1999MemoryFW, title={Memory for word locations in reading.}, author={Martin H. Fischer}, journal={Memory}, year={1999}, volume={7 1}, pages={79-116} }