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Training improves reading speed in peripheral vision: Is it due to attention?

Title
Training improves reading speed in peripheral vision: Is it due to attention?
Authors
Lee H.-W.Kwon M.Legge G.E.Gefroh J.J.
Ewha Authors
이혜원
SCOPUS Author ID
이혜원scopus
Issue Date
2010
Journal Title
Journal of Vision
ISSN
1534-7362JCR Link
Citation
vol. 10, no. 6
Indexed
SCIE; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
Previous research has shown that perceptual training in peripheral vision, using a letter-recognition task, increases reading speed and letter recognition (S. T. L. Chung, G. E. Legge, & S. H. Cheung, 2004). We tested the hypothesis that enhanced deployment of spatial attention to peripheral vision explains this training effect. Subjects were pre- and post-tested with 3 tasks at 10° above and below fixation-RSVP reading speed, trigram letter recognition (used to construct visual-span profiles), and deployment of spatial attention (measured as the benefit of a pre-cue for target position in a lexical-decision task). Groups of five normally sighted young adults received 4 days of trigram letter-recognition training in upper or lower visual fields, or central vision. A control group received no training. Our measure of deployment of spatial attention revealed visual-field anisotropies; better deployment of attention in the lower field than the upper, and in the lower-right quadrant compared with the other three quadrants. All subject groups exhibited slight improvement in deployment of spatial attention to peripheral vision in the post-test, but this improvement was not correlated with training-related increases in reading speed and the size of visual-span profiles. Our results indicate that improved deployment of spatial attention to peripheral vision does not account for improved reading speed and letter recognition in peripheral vision. © ARVO.
DOI
10.1167/10.6.18
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