Preferred viewing locations: A validation and an extension

A. Nuthmann, R. Kliegl

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Rayner (1979) established the Preferred Viewing Location (PVL) for reading fixations: typically, readers fixate at a location slightly left of word centre. Despite its simple elegance, the design of figure 2 of this citation classic has not become a standard for illustrating this phenomenon. We like to pay tribute to this core result (and its visualisation) with a cross-language validation of the PVL. We also extend our analysis to include PVLs of forward and backward refixations and use the new results to qualify proposals of refixation pre-programming.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)901-902
Number of pages2
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009


Dive into the research topics of 'Preferred viewing locations: A validation and an extension'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this