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Guest Lecture by Prof. Azizuddin Khan, IIT Bombay on "Sudden changes in reading direction challenges a reader: An eye tracking experiment in Urdu script" on 30th August 2019

Date:
 30 August 2019

Topics:
Sudden changes in reading direction challenges a reader: An eye tracking experiment in Urdu script    
 
About the Speaker  
Dr. Azizuddin Khan, Professor of Psychology at Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay is an expert in Developmental Neuropsychology and Cognitive Psychology. Dr. Khan runs the Psychophysiology Lab at IIT Bombay and his research is on the topics like Language, Memory and Developmental Disorders.  
   
About the Talk  
The talk explained the reader’s adaptation to bidirectional orthography.  Typically orthographies are consistent in terms of in which direction they are read, i.e. either from left-to-right or right-to-left. However, some orthography are bidirectional, meaning that certain parts of the text, such as numerals in Urdu, are read against the default reading direction. Such sudden changes in reading direction may challenge the reader in many ways, at the level of planning of saccadic eye movements, changing the direction of attention, word recognition processes and cognitive reading strategies. Therefore, the study (first of its kind) investigated, how readers achieve sudden changes in reading direction at the level of eye movements and conscious cognitive reading strategies.