Does the timing of visual support affect sentence comprehension? An eye-tracking study

Rivero-Contreras, Miriam, Engelhardt, Paul, Delgado, Pablo and Saldana, David (2023) Does the timing of visual support affect sentence comprehension? An eye-tracking study. Journal of Experimental Education. pp. 1-21.

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Purpose: Recent research suggests that visual elements improve sentence processing for students, even at the university level. However, few studies have systematically examined the timing of visual support in reading. Method: We examined the impact of visual support and its timing on sentence comprehension in a sample of 40 typically developing university students. Across 60 sentences, half with images and half without, participants either viewed images simultaneously with sentences or before sentences. Word frequency was also manipulated. Results: Results showed that visual support facilitated sentence processing and that participants who viewed images before sentences exhibited a lower probability of regressions. Conclusion: In conclusion, incorporating images with text can benefit language comprehension. Moreover, the results suggest implications regarding the timing of visual support.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: eye movements,image timing,sentence processing,visual support,education,developmental and educational psychology ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3304
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > UEA Experimental Philosophy Group
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2024 18:22
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2024 15:30
DOI: 10.1080/00220973.2023.2287444


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