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Observing eye movements and the influence of cognition during a symbol search task: a comparison across three age groups

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TitleObserving eye movements and the influence of cognition during a symbol search task: a comparison across three age groups
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractThis study examined eye movements during a visual search task as well as cognitive abilities within three age groups. The aim was to explore scanning patterns across symbol grids and to better understand the impact of symbol location in AAC displays on speed and accuracy of symbol selection. For the study, 60 students were asked to locate a series of symbols on 16 cell grids. The EyeLink 1000 was used to measure eye movements, accuracy, and response time. Accuracy was high across all cells. Participants had faster response times, longer fixations, and more frequent fixations on symbols located in the middle of the grid. Group comparisons revealed significant differences for accuracy and reaction times. The Leiter-R was used to evaluate cognitive abilities. Sustained attention and cognitive flexibility scores predicted the participants’ reaction time and accuracy in symbol selection. Findings suggest that symbol location within AAC devices and individuals’ cognitive abilities influence the speed and accuracy of retrieving symbols.
AuthorsPerrin, M., Robillard M., and Roy-Charland A.
Year of Publication2017
PublicationAAC
Volume33
Issue4
Pages249-259
ISSN0743-4618 (print) 1477-3848 (online)
Publisher DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1080/07434618.2017.1381990
Keywords (MeSH)adolescent, adult, attention, child, cognition, equipment design, fixation-ocular, research
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