The time-course of recovery from interruption during reading: Eye movement evidence for the role of interruption lag and spatial memory

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Cane, J., Cauchard, F. and Weger, U. 2012. The time-course of recovery from interruption during reading: Eye movement evidence for the role of interruption lag and spatial memory. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 65 (7), pp. 1397-1413. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2012.656666
AuthorsCane, J., Cauchard, F. and Weger, U.
Abstract

Two experiments examined how interruptions impact reading and how interruption lags and the reader's spatial memory affect the recovery from such interruptions. Participants read paragraphs of text and were interrupted unpredictably by a spoken news story while their eye movements were monitored. Time made available for consolidation prior to responding to the interruption did not aid reading resumption. However, providing readers with a visual cue that indicated the interruption location did aid task resumption substantially in Experiment 2. Taken together, the findings show that the recovery from interruptions during reading draws on spatial memory resources and can be aided by processes that support spatial memory. Practical implications are discussed.

Year2012
JournalQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Journal citation65 (7), pp. 1397-1413
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1747-0218
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2012.656666
FunderEconomic and Social Research Council (UK) grant (RES-000-22-3111)
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Online30 Apr 2012
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Deposited02 Mar 2017
Accepted08 Dec 2011
Output statusPublished
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