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Title: Eye movements of children and adults while reading television subtitles
Authors: d'Ydewalle, Géry ×
De Bruycker, Wim #
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Hogrefe & Huber
Series Title: European psychologist : the journal for psychology in Europe vol:12 pages:196-205
Abstract: Eye movements of children (Grade 5–6) and adults were monitored while they were watching a foreign language movie with
either standard (foreign language soundtrack and native language subtitling) or reversed (foreign language subtitles and native language
soundtrack) subtitling. With standard subtitling, reading behavior in the subtitle was observed, but there was a difference between oneand
two-line subtitles. As two lines of text contain verbal information that cannot easily be inferred from the pictures on the screen, more
regular reading occurred; a single text line is often redundant to the information in the picture, and accordingly less reading of one-line
text was apparent. Reversed subtitling showed even more irregular reading patterns (e.g., more subtitles skipped, fewer fixations, longer
latencies). No substantial age differences emerged, except that children took longer to shift attention to the subtitle at its onset, and showed
longer fixations and shorter saccades in the text. On the whole, the results demonstrated the flexibility of the attentional system and its
tuning to the several information sources available (image, soundtrack, and subtitles).
ISSN: 1016-9040
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory for Experimental Psychology
× corresponding author
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