Journal of Undergraduate Research


prereaders, eyetracking, children, illustrations


Family, Home, and Social Sciences




Reading to children has long been considered a critical factor in the development of their reading skill1. However, very little research has been done on prereader children and their eye movements. Studies that have been performed show that children tend to fixate more on the illustrations in books than on the words in the books (looking at the words only 7% of the time)2. Moreover, children tend to look more at illustrations of objects that are mentioned in the story3. To date there is very little research investigating whether children’s eye movements are so neatly synced to the auditory input, and none that specifically investigates the eye movements of children on a millisecond level when they are being read to. With this in mind, the purpose of the present study is to use eye tracking to study pre-readers’ early eye movements to discover how they acquire the vocabulary that is a prerequisite for later reading skill.

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