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Eye Tracking and Visual Motor Skills in Young Children

12th June, 2018

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The Journal of Experimental Psychology published research examining eye tracking and visual motor skills in young children.  The participants included 40 preschool and early elementary school children.  Using head-mounted eye tracking methods visual motor skills were directly measured when the children copied familiar (English letters) and unfamiliar (Cyrillic symbols) forms in real time.

The results of the study on eye tracking and visual motor skills in young children indicated the following:

  • younger children needed more time to visually process a letter or symbol and initiate a writing action compared with older children despite children of all ages writing letters in a similar amount of time.
  • children copied familiar English letters more efficiently than they copied unfamiliar Cyrillic symbols.

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