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Read my eyes: scientists develop eye-tracking database

Psycholinguists have documented the eye movements that people make when reading Russian

07 Sep 2018 by Selina Powell

Scientists have developed an eye-tracking database by observing people reading in Russian.

The research, which was published in Behaviour Research Methods, is the first work to examine the particular eye movements that people make when reading in Russian.

Author, Anna Laurinavichyute, from the HSE Centre for Language and the Brain, highlighted that Russian is the sixth most commonly spoken language internationally.

“This is why we carried out this basic, yet necessary, work. We took a set of different sentences from existing texts and recorded how native Russian speakers read them,” she shared.

A group of 96 study participants were observed using an eye tracker while reading the same set of sentences randomly chosen from the Russian National Corpus.

Eye tracking research has the potential to aid research into dyslexia and patients recovering from head injuries by elucidating how a neurotypical individual reads text. 

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