Understanding the Paragraph and Paragraphing - Iain McGee

Understanding the Paragraph and Paragraphing - Iain McGee

The Psychological Effect of Paragraphs and Paragraph Organization on Readers

Understanding the Paragraph and Paragraphing - Iain McGee

Iain McGee [+-]
Majan University College
Iain McGee is an Associate Professor and Head of the Faculty of English Language Studies at Majan University College, Muscat, Oman. He completed his PhD from Cardiff University, UK, in 2006, and has published research in a number of areas within applied linguistics including collocation and the mental lexicon, lexical cohesion, data-driven learning and lexicography, teacher cognition, and paragraph analysis.

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This chapter surveys reader psychology and paragraphs. A review of research into eye movement and paragraph breaks is provided alongside various attempts to explain pause and focus in reading. The author also analyses studies which have investigated how paragraph manipulation affects reader comprehension, memory, and learning, together with research which has examined reader segmentation of de-paragraphed text. It is argued, inter alia, that the effect of a paragraph break, or the effect of a particular way of organizing a paragraph, is mediated or co-mediated by six reader variables. Accordingly, the author argues that one cannot state, with any degree of confidence, what the effect of a paragraph break or type of organization will be for a reader.

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McGee, Iain. The Psychological Effect of Paragraphs and Paragraph Organization on Readers. Understanding the Paragraph and Paragraphing. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 247-295 Jan 2018. ISBN 9781781792872. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27371. Date accessed: 20 Sep 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27371. Jan 2018

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