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Eye Movements can Show If Mind Wanders While Reading

by Savitha C Muppala on August 31, 2010 at 3:22 PM
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 Eye Movements can Show If  Mind Wanders While Reading

Eye movements are an indicator when your mind wanders while reading, a new study has revealed.

Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh recorded eye movements during reading and found that the eyes keep moving when the mind wanders-but they don't move in the same way as they do when you're paying attention.

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In the study, when students were asked to read Jane Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility' on a screen, they were also asked to push a button marked "Z" when they noticed themselves "zoning out."

A computer tracked their eye movements and also asked every few minutes if they'd just been paying attention or zoning out.

In normal reading, the eye fixates on a word, and then zips to another word. It spends a longer time on words that are less common, but when someone's mind was wandering, the eyes did not follow these patterns. They also fixated for longer on individual words.
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"It was almost like they were just mechanically plodding along," Reichle said.

The study suggested that when people are reading, eye movements are strongly linked to the language-processing going on in the brain.

The study is published in Psychological Science.

Source: ANI
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