Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Vision Science

Committee Chair

Scott C. Cooper


In 1995 a study on the effect of speed reading on eye movements showed a significant improvement for participants in a speed reading course. The purpose of this study is to determine if these are temporary or long-lasting benefits. By using the OBER2, an infrared monitoring device that accurately tracts eye movements, eye movements were monitored on 46 of the 59 original subjects of the 1995 study. Seventeen of the student subjects participated in a speed reading class (9 hours of speed reading instruction, with no out-of-class practice required). Twenty nine student subjects did not participate in the speed reading class. One year after the speed reading course, the speed reading group still showed the statistically significant changes in eye movements.

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