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OLIVEIRA, Darlene Godoy et al. Text complexity and eye movements measures in adults readers. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2013, vol.15, n.3, pp. 163-174. ISSN 1516-3687.

This study aimed to investigate eye movement patterns of adults normal readers, while reading texts with two different degrees of difficulty, and with three distinct texts: everyday situations, textbooks and newspapers. Twenty-four participants read texts aloud while monocular eye movements were recorded and answered questions related to text comprehension. Results indicated that the average reading time by word, number of ocular fixations and number of regressive saccades, varied according to complexity and theme of texts. Data were discussed considering the increase in cognitive demand required for reading comprehension, such as semantic integration skills, working memory and the occurrence of inferences. This data can help in the construction of assessment tools for subjects with developmental dyslexia.

Palavras-chave : ocular fixation; reading; evaluation; word processing; adult.

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