The eye-voice span is the distance that the eye is ahead of the voice in reading aloud. (A simple experiment: try reading a page out loud. Chances are more than likely you will turn to the next page before you have said the final words on the page you are vocalizing.) Although this phenomenon has been studied for some eighty years, researchers have only recently begun using it as an important indication of the nature of the reading process.
This professional monograph presents one of the most comprehensive and succinct examinations of the topic available.
In this book, two psychologists apply principles of cognitive psychology to understanding reading. Unlike most other books on the subject, this one presents a consistent theoretical point of view and applies it to the acquisition of reading and what the skilled reader does.
The first part of The Psychology of Reading covers perceptual learning, the development of cognitive strategies, the development of language, the nature of writing systems, and an extensive review of the research on word recognition.