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Tipo di prodottoAbstract in atti di convegno
TitoloTracking the pace of reading with finger movements
Anno di pubblicazione2020
Autore/iPirrelli, Vito; Cappa, Claudia; Crepaldi, Davide; Del Pinto, Viola; Ferro, Marcello; Giulivi, Sara; Marzi, Claudia; Nadalini, Andrea; Taxitari, Loukia
Affiliazioni autoriInstitute for Computational Linguistics, CNR Italy; Institute of Clinical Physiology, CNR Italy; SISSA, Trieste; SISSA, Trieste; Institute for Computational Linguistics, CNR Italy; University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland ; Institute for Computational Linguistics, CNR Italy;Institute for Computational Linguistics, CNR Italy;Institute for Computational Linguistics, CNR Italy;
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AbstractRecent experimental evidence in visual perception analysis shows that eye and finger movements strongly correlate during scene exploration, at both individual and group levels. A familiar context which exploits this synergistic behaviour is when children learn to read, with the practice of finger-pointing to text as a support for their attention focus, directional movement and voice-print match. Using a tablet to display short texts, we collected evidence on the finger-pointing behaviour of 3rd-6th Italian graders engaged in both silent and oral reading. "Finger-tracking" data, sampled by the tablet and aligned with the text, made it possible to time a child's reading paceat word and sentence level. Results are shown to replicate established benchmarks in the reading literature, such as the difference in reading pace between age-matched typical and atypical readers as a function of word frequency and length, and neighbourhood entropy and Old20. Atypical readers show increasing difficulty with longer words, with a steeper time increment for word length > 6, integrating previous evidence. In addition, neighbourhood density plays a sparse facilitative role in atypical reading, with no significant interaction with neighbourhood entropy, pointing to a non trivial developmental interplay between sublexical reading and the richness of the Italian orthographic-phonological lexicon. Despite their different dynamics, optical and tactile strategies for text exploration prove to be highly congruent: this suggests that finger-tracking can be used as an ecological proxy for eye-tracking in reading assessment.
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Parole chiaveReading, Finger tracking, Mental Lexicon, Word frequency, Word Length, Neighbourhood entropy
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Titolo convegno/congressoWords in the World International Conference
Luogo convegno/congressoMontreal (Canada)
Data/e convegno/congresso16-18/10/2020
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Strutture CNR
  • IFC — Istituto di fisiologia clinica
  • ILC — Istituto di linguistica computazionale "Antonio Zampolli"
Moduli/Attività/Sottoprogetti CNR
  • DUS.AD016.098.001 : PRIN 2017 - 2017W8HFRX - Vito Pirrelli - ReadLet: Reading to understand. An ICT-driven, large-scale investigation of early grade children's reading strategies.
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