*These authors equally contributed to this work.
Parafoveal perception during sentence reading? An ERP paradigm using rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) with flankers
Article first published online: 18 AUG 2010
Copyright © 2010 Society for Psychophysiological Research
Volume 48, Issue 4, pages 523–531, April 2011
How to Cite
Barber, H. A., Ben-Zvi, S., Bentin, S. and Kutas, M. (2011), Parafoveal perception during sentence reading? An ERP paradigm using rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) with flankers. Psychophysiology, 48: 523–531. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2010.01082.x
Horacio A. Barber was funded by the “Ramón y Cajal” program and Grant SEJ2007-67364 of the Spanish Ministry of Science. Marta Kutas was supported by Grant HD22614 from the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and Grant AG08313 from the National Institute of Aging.
- Issue published online: 1 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 18 AUG 2010
- (Received April 21, 2010; Accepted May 28, 2010)
We describe a new procedure using event-related brain potentials to investigate parafoveal word processing during sentence reading. Sentences were presented word by word at fixation, flanked 2° bilaterally by letter strings. Flanker strings were pseudowords, except for the third word in each sentence, which was flanked by either two pseudowords or a pseudoword and a word, one on each side. Flanker words were either semantically congruent or incongruent with the sentence context. P2 (175–375 ms) amplitudes were less positive for contextually incongruent than congruent flanker words but only with flanker words in the right visual field for English and in the left visual field in Hebrew. Flankered word presentation thus may be a suitable method for the electrophysiological study of parafoveal perception during sentence reading.