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Cohn, Neil and Hannah Campbell. "Navigating Comics II: Constraints on the reading order of comic page layouts." Applied Cognitive Psychology 29.(2015): 193–99. 
Added by: joachim (10/1/17, 10:41 AM)   
Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1002/acp.3086
BibTeX citation key: Cohn2015a
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Categories: General
Keywords: Cognition, Empirical research, Reception
Creators: Campbell, Cohn
Collection: Applied Cognitive Psychology
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Abstract
Although readers typically believe that comic page layouts should be read following the left to right and down ‘Z-path’ inherited from written language, several spatial arrangements can push readers to deviate from this order. These manipulations include separating panels from each other, overlapping one panel onto another, and using a long vertical panel to the right of a vertical column to ‘block’ a horizontal row. We asked participants to order empty panels in comic page layouts that manipulated these factors. All manipulations caused participants to deviate from the conventional Z-path, and this departure was modulated by incremental changes to spatial arrangements: The more layouts deviated from a grid, the less likely participants were to use the Z-path. Overall, these results reinforce that various constraints push comic readers to engage with panels in predictable ways, even when deviating from the traditional Z-path of written language.
  
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