Using Eye Movement to Study Adolescents’ Comprehension of Visual Texts

This research used eye movement tracking to study the ways adolescents decode and comprehend multimodal texts. The focus is on eye movement regression between text and picture to investigate how participants use the two-stage information-processing model when attempting to comprehend visual texts. Ten adolescents ranging in age from 14 to 19 were asked to read a series of different types of visually based texts. Specifically, they read six short excerpts from graphic novels that varied widely in the complexity of both textual and visual features. The narratives included graphic novels, graphic retellings of canonical texts, and wordless visual texts.
This publication has been peer reviewed.
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Book Chapter
Wolfe, Paula
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Visual Imagery, Metadata, and Multimodal Literacies Across the Curriculum
IGI Global
Date Published: 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Hershey, PA
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ISSN: 2326-8905
Anita August Sacred Heart University, USA
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