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The Psychological Effect of Paragraphs and Paragraph Organization on Readers


 
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1. Title Title of document The Psychological Effect of Paragraphs and Paragraph Organization on Readers - Understanding the Paragraph and Paragraphing
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Iain McGee; University of Nizwa;
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Linguistics
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) contrastive rhetoric; transfer; organisation patterns
 
5. Subject Subject classification Rhetoric; historical linguistics; writing; language
 
6. Description Abstract 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.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Jan-2018
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/27371
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.27371
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Understanding the Paragraph and Paragraphing
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd