I’m trying to create an experiment that uses self-paced reading on a Mac in 4.0.7. Each stimulus is a brief story about 6-7 sentences long (60-100 words), and I am presenting the stories clause-by-clause (i.e., there are around 10 segments in each story).
However, this is going incredibly slowly, because each time I try to open any of the self-paced Events, it takes 20-30 seconds for the little beachball to stop spinning until I can do anything. Since I am going back and forth between events to modify versions, etc., this is taking a lot of time! The same problem occurs when I go to run the experiment… the beachball spins forever before the experiment begins.
Playing around with it, I noticed that if I change the sentence-long segments down to single words, then the problem seems to go away (i.e., I can start clicking on things immediately). Is there a problem in self-paced reading with having segments that are longer than a word?