An Investigation of Spontaneous Eye Blinks during Lipreading Tile role of spontaneous eye blinks was investigated for a lipreading task involving a videotaped recording of 20 sentences and a 948-word passage. Blinks were recorded electro-oculographically on one channel of a chart recorder while the audio correlate of the visual message was recorded simultaneously on the second channel. A ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 1982
An Investigation of Spontaneous Eye Blinks during Lipreading
 
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  • Sharon A. Lesner
    University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
  • Edward J. Hardick
    Ohio State University, Columbus
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Research Article   |   December 01, 1982
An Investigation of Spontaneous Eye Blinks during Lipreading
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1982, Vol. 25, 517-520. doi:10.1044/jshr.2504.517
History: Received October 3, 1980 , Accepted October 30, 1981
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1982, Vol. 25, 517-520. doi:10.1044/jshr.2504.517
History: Received October 3, 1980; Accepted October 30, 1981

Tile role of spontaneous eye blinks was investigated for a lipreading task involving a videotaped recording of 20 sentences and a 948-word passage. Blinks were recorded electro-oculographically on one channel of a chart recorder while the audio correlate of the visual message was recorded simultaneously on the second channel. A comparison of the two records indicated that blink suppression occurred while the subjects lipread compared to times when no visual information was presented. The data also show that (a) subjects tended to blink during the visual pauses that occurred while the passage was being presented and (b) better lipreaders blinked less frequently than did poorer lipreaders. These results are examined in relation to the hypothesis that attention and blink rate are inversely related.

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