The effect of V.D.U. text-presentation rate on reading speed and comprehension

Creator: 

Arkin, Michael David.

Date: 

1985

Abstract: 

The effect of video display unit (VDU) text-presentation rates on the reading speed and comprehension of 90 undergraduate psychology students was investigated. A modified version of a Nelson-Denny Reading Test comprehension subtest was presented to each subject at a rate of 150, 300, 1200, or 9600 baud, or in an "instant" condition which presented text one VDU "page" at a time. Comprehension scores were highest in the 300-baud and  Instant conditions, and lowest in the 150-baud and 9600-baud  conditions. VDU reading speeds were marginally higher in the 9600-baud condition, and marginally lower in the 150-baud condition.  In general, other timing measures were equivalent across conditions . At very high or low presentation rates, comprehension deteriorated. The ,mediating effect of three task characteristics was discussed: hurried or incomplete reading; the contect of timed performance; the stimulation of interactive computer use. No evidence was found that low rates enhance performance. 

Subject: 

Reading -- Research
Reading Comprehension -- Research

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 
M.A.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Psychology

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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