In this editorial for the Special Issue on Serial and Parallel Processing in Reading we explore the background to the current debate concerning whether the word recognition processes in reading are strictly serial-sequential or take place in an overlapping parallel fashion. We consider the history of the controversy and some of the underlying assumptions, together with an analysis of the types of evidence and arguments that have been adduced to both sides of the debate, concluding that both accounts necessarily presuppose some weakening of, or elasticity in, the eye-mind assumption. We then consider future directions, both for reading research and for scene viewing, and wrap up the editorial with a brief overview of the following articles and their conclusions.
Murray, W. S., Fischer, M. H., & Tatler, B. W. (2013). Serial and parallel processes in eye movement control: Current controversies and future directions. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(3), 417-428. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2012.759979