Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Visual word recognition and oculomotor control in reading

Lynn Huestegge a1, Jonathan Grainger a2 and Ralph Radach a1
a1 Institute of Psychology, Technical University of Aachen, 52056 Aachen, Germany
a2 Université d'Aix-Marseille, LPC/CNRS, 13 621 Aix en Provence, France


A central component in the E-Z Reader model is a two-stage word processing mechanism made responsible for both the triggering of eye movements and sequential shifts of attention. We point to problems with both the verbal description of this mechanism and its computational implementation in the simulation. As an alternative, we consider the use of a connectionist processing module in combination with a more indirect form of cognitive eye-movement control.