Reading Span Test for Brazilian Portuguese: An Eye-Tracking Implementation

  • Jaime A. RiascosEmail author
  • Arthur M. Brugger
  • Priscila Borges
  • Ana B. Arêas da Luz Fontes
  • Dante C. Barone
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1068)


The Reading Span Test (RST) is an instrument created for assessing verbal working memory capacity. Since its first version, the RST has undergone several modifications, including translations to different languages. This work aims to create a version of a standardized RST in Brazilian Portuguese. In addition, an implementation for eye-tracking devices on the RST is presented. Two reading conditions, aloud and silent, were compared to ensure optimal methodology for future studies. Significant differences were found between the two reading conditions, and distinct reading strategies were revealed by the eye-tracker.


Reading Span Test Eye-tracking Working Memory Brazilian Portuguese 



Special thanks to FAURGS - Petrobras by the support through the Annelida research project (8147-7). The first author would like to thank to the SDAS Research Group ( for its valuable support and the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) for the support through the travel grant.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CONCYS, Institute of InformaticsFederal University Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)Porto AlegreBrazil
  2. 2.University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.LABICO, School of Languages and LiteratureFederal University Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)Porto AlegreBrazil
  4. 4.SDAS Research GroupIbarraEcuador
  5. 5.Corporación Universitaria Autnoma de NariñoPastoColombia

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