Reading and Writing

, Volume 10, Issue 3–5, pp 245–254 | Cite as

The effective visual field in reading Chinese

  • Hsuan-Chih Chen
  • Chi-Kong Tang


The size and shape of the effective visual field in Chinese reading was investigated by systematically manipulating the availability of meaningful information on both sides of a fixated character. A self-paced, moving-window technique (Chen 1992) was adopted to measure the viewing time of individual characters as an on-line indicator of reading effectiveness under various display conditions. The results showed that the effective visual field in reading Chinese was asymmetric and skewed in the direction of scanning with a highly limited size, composing of the fixated character and two characters to its right.

Effective visual field in reading Chinese Perceptual span Directional scanning Script-specific encoding 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hsuan-Chih Chen
    • 1
  • Chi-Kong Tang
    • 1
  1. 1.The Chinese University of Hong KongHong KongPR China

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