A Non-Verbal Pre-Training Based on Eye Movements to Foster Comprehension of Static and Dynamic Learning Environments

Irene T. SkuballaUniversity of Tübingen
Alexander RenklUniversity of Freiburg

Abstract

Eye movement recording is not only a research tool but can also be used as a learning tool. Previous research on eye movement modeling and analogical thinking has demonstrated that stimulating eye movements can foster learning and problem solving. Such training interventions can support learners and problem solvers without revealing the solution, but just by guiding their gaze. The present two studies investigated whether a preceding stimulation of eye movements would affect the comprehension of following learning materials. Study I revealed a positive effect of a non-verbal eye movement pre-training on learning outcomes. Study II corroborated this finding and, additionally, revealed no effect of presentation format (static versus dynamic) on comprehension. With respect to eye movements performed during the learning phase, pre-training led to more homogenous fixation strings. Moreover, the homogeneity could also be attributed to a dynamic representation (Study II). In sum, a non-verbal pre-training of eye movements before exposure to the learning content fosters comprehension in static and in dynamic representations.

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