Reading without a fovea

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Science  26 Oct 1979:
Vol. 206, Issue 4417, pp. 468-469
DOI: 10.1126/science.504987


A visual mask moving in synchrony with the eye obliterated foveal vision during reading under certain conditions. When foveal vision was masked, reading became difficult. In another condition, a window of readable text moved in synchrony with the eye, and parafoveal vision was masked on each fixation. The results point out the importance of foveal and parafoveal vision in reading.

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