Korean reading speed: Effects of print size and retinal eccentricity

Yingchen He, Sori Baek, Gordon E Legge

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Evaluating the effects of print size and retinal eccentricity on reading speed is important for identifying the constraints faced by people with central-field loss. Previous work on English reading showed that 1) reading speed increases with print size until a critical print size (CPS) is reached, and then remains constant at a maximum reading speed (MRS), and 2) as eccentricity increases, MRS decreases and CPS increases. Here we extend this work to Korean, a language with more complex orthography. We recruited 6 Korean native speakers (mean age = 22) and measured their reading speed in central vision (0°) and peripheral vision (10° in the lower field). 900 Korean sentences (average 8.25 words) were created with frequently-occurring beginner-level words, presented using a rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) paradigm. Data for English reading were obtained from Chung, Mansfield & Legge, Vision Research, 1998, for comparison. MRS was similar for Korean and English at 0° (713 vs. 787 wpm), but decreased faster with eccentricity for Korean. CPS was larger for Korean than for English regardless of eccentricity, but increased with eccentricity similarly for both languages. From 0 to 10° MRS decreased by a factor of 6.5 for Korean and 2.8 for English, and CPS increased by a factor of 11.7 for Korean and 10.2 for English. Korean reading speed is more affected by retinal eccentricity than English, likely due to additional within-character crowding from more complex orthography. Korean readers with central-field loss may experience more difficulty than English readers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-14
Number of pages7
JournalVision Research
StatePublished - Sep 2018

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Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank Susana T.L. Chung for providing the data from Chung et al. (1998) and explaining the curve fitting method, MiYoung Kwon for her help in preparing the testing material and providing constructive suggestions for the manuscript, and Charles Bigelow for valuable information regarding font metrics. The study was supported by NIH Grant EY002934 and a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Minnesota .

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© 2018 Elsevier Ltd


  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Crowding
  • Low vision
  • Peripheral vision
  • Reading

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