Numerous investigations have shown that poor reading is accompanied by irregularities in the eye-movements of the reader. The most marked of these is regressive movement, that is, backward movement of the eyes to places previously looked at. Clinicians in remedial reading have been much struck by the presence of these irregularities, and have sometimes attempted to improve reading by treating the eye-movements as such. The question investigated by this research is: Do irregular eye-movements cause poor reading, or does poor reading cause irregular eye-movements? If poor reading is shown to be the cause of poor eye-movements, then it is obviously fallacious to attempt the improvement of reading by working on the eye-movements.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1936 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Fairbanks, Grant and Tiffin, Joseph
"Central Determinants of Peripheral Manifestations in Reading,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 43(1), 283-285.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol43/iss1/95