Memory & Cognition

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 77–86 | Cite as

Processing of temporal information: Evidence from eye movements

  • Mike Rinck
  • Elena Gámez
  • José M. Díaz
  • Manuel De Vega


Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain In two experiments, we recorded eye movements to study how readers monitor temporal order information contained in narrative texts. Participants read short texts containing critical temporal information in the sixth sentence, which could be either consistent or inconsistent with temporal order information given in the second sentence. In Experiment 1, inconsistent sentences yielded more regressions to the second sentence and longer refixations of it. In Experiment 2, this pattern of eye movements was shown only by readers who noticed the inconsistency and were able to report it. Theoretical and methodological implications of the results for research on text comprehension are discussed.


Situation Model Text Comprehension Target Sentence Comprehension Question Narrative Comprehension 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mike Rinck
    • 1
  • Elena Gámez
    • 2
  • José M. Díaz
    • 2
  • Manuel De Vega
    • 2
  1. 1.General PsychologyDresden University of TechnologyDresdenGermany
  2. 2.Universidad de La LagunaTenerifeSpain

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