Azuma, M., Ikeda, T., Minamoto, T., Osaka, M., Osaka, N.
High working memory performers have efficient eye movement control
systems under Reading Span Test
Journal of Eye Movement Research
Controlled eye movements are critical in performing highly goal oriented
behavior such as text reading. Previous studies have examined the
relationship between working memory capacity and eye movement control
during working memory task. However, the results were inconsistent, due
to a methodological issue including the predictability of target
location. In the present study, we used Japanese version of reading span
test, where the position of to-be-remembered word is not predictable so
that more efficient attentional control is required, and investigated
how working memory capacity contributes to eye movement control during
reading span test. Results based on total fixation time revealed that
highworking memory performers efficiently control or shift their
attention under high memory load.