Eye movements and absorption during reading

This project investigates whether subjectively experienced absorption during reading is accompanied by particular eye movement patterns and can thus be "objectively" measured.
States of absorption have been shown to be an important factor in reading and enjoying literary narratives. Relatively little is known, however, about the experiential qualities and especially the physiological markers that distinguish absorbing reading experiences. Our project opens up this field by analyzing eye movements during states of absorbed reading.


Kuijpers, M. M., & Hakemulder, F. (2017). Narrative absorption: Introduction and overview. In F. Hakemulder, Moniek M. Kuijpers, Ed S. Tan, Katalin Bálint & Miruna M.  Doicaru (Eds.), Narrative Absorption (pp. 1–10). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing.

Kuijpers, M.M. (2014) Absorbing Stories. The effects of textual devices on absorption and evaluative responses. (unpublished PhD thesis) Utrecht University.

Kuijpers, M.M., Hakemulder, F, Doicaru, M, Tan, E. (2014) Exploring absorbing reading experiences: Developing and validating a self-report scale to measure story world absorption. Scientific Study of Literature, 4 (1), pp. 89–122.

Kuijpers, M.M. & Miall, D.S. (2011). Bodily Involvement in Literary Reading: An Experimental Study of Readers' Bodily Experiences during Reading. In F. Hakemulder (Eds.), De Stralende Lezer. Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek naar de Invloed van het Lezen (pp. 160–174). Delft: Eburon.