Not only you, everyone does not always concentrate when reading. In a new study published in the Psychology Association journal, the researchers recorded eye movements during reading and found that the eyes were still moving when the mind was floating, but the eyes did not move the same way when you noticed.
A psychology scientist at the University of Pittsburgh, Erik Reichle is interested in how the brain controls eye movements. “The aim is to understand how things such as understanding words and attention visually control eye movements,” he said.
Most people who study reading argue that the eye takes a sample of information on the page and the reading mind basically takes what is given without giving a clue back to the eye.
Reichle guessed that it was wrong, and argued that observing mindless readings would be interesting to enlighten what happened when the mind was busy. He conducted the research with Andrew E. Reineberg from the University of Pittsburgh and Jonathan W. Schooler from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Four undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh volunteered for the project. Each person comes to the lab for a reading session of 12 or more one-hour readings on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, the reading was chosen because it was “quite easy but rather boring,” Reichle said. “We started with The Trial by Kafka, but people thought it was too attention.” When students read books on the screen, computers track their eye movements. They are asked to press a button marked with the letter “Z” when they know that they are no longer focused on reading. “The computer also asks every few minutes whether they notice or lose focus.
Eyes do things differently Human Anatomy and Physiology 11e when someone watches than their mind drifts. In normal reading, the eye pays attention to one word, then quickly moves to another word. The eyes spend more time on less common words. However, when one’s mind drifts, the eyes do not follow these patterns. The eye also pays more attention to each word.
“It’s almost like an eye that is mechanically slow,” Reichle said. This shows that public opinion in the field is a mistake, in fact, when people read, their eye movements are very much connected with language processing that runs in the brain.