chapter  2
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Measuring Reading Speed

Our focus in this book is on the role of vision in reading. Reading speed, sometimes called "reading rate," has been our primary psychophysical measure. This chapter gives the rationale for choosing reading speed. Section 2.1 describes three methods for measuring reading speed. Section 2.2 discusses some testing subtleties and their effects on reading speed. Section 2.3 asks how quickly people read, and briefly reviews findings for different groups of readers and sensory modalities (vision, touch and hearing). Section 2.4 compares speed to other measures of reading performance.