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I obtained a BA degree in Psychology from the University of Sofia (Bulgaria) and a MSc degree in Clinical Linguistics from the University of Potsdam (Germany). During my Master's degree, I also did coursework at the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Groningen (the Netherlands). I came to Bournemouth University in September 2015 to start my PhD degree. My supervisors are Dr. Bernhard Angele and Dr. Julie Kirkby.
In my research, I am using eye-tracking to study how readers recognise individual words in sentences and how attention is allocated in this process. My current research focuses on two topics. First, I am looking at the effect of different parafoveal masks on fixation durations during reading. Second, I am investigating how background noise and speech affect eye-movements during reading. I am also interested in statistical inference in psychology, evidence synthesis, and the philosophy of probability.
Degraded text and parafoveal preview: Working with Bernhard Angele and Martin Vasilev on a project investigating the lexical and attentional processing related to degraded text parafoveal previews during reading. Three eye movement experiments have been conducted (two using the change detection paradigm of Slattery, Angele, & Rayner, 2011) the results have been analysed and a manuscript submission is eminent.
- Vasilev, kirkby, J.A. and Angele, B., 2018. Auditory distraction during reading: A Bayesian meta-analysis of a continuing controversy. Perspectives on Psychological Science.
- Vasilev, M.R., Slattery, T.J., Kirkby, J.A. and Angele, B., 2017. What Are the Costs of Degraded Parafoveal Previews During Silent Reading? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.
- Vasilev, M.R. and Angele, B., 2017. Parafoveal preview effects from word N + 1 and word N + 2 during reading: A critical review and Bayesian meta-analysis. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 24 (3), 666-689.
- Vasilev, M.R., 2013. Negative results in European psychology journals. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 9 (4), 717-730.
Profile of Teaching PG
- Advanced Statistics: Introduction to Bayesian Statistics lecture
Profile of Teaching UG
- Experimental Methods and Statistical Analysis 1a
- 58th Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Reading is disrupted by intelligible background speech: Evidence from eye-tracking, 09 Nov 2017, Vancouver, Canada
- 58th Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, What are the costs of degraded parafoveal previews during silent reading (and how to reduce them)?, 09 Nov 2017, Vancouver, Canada
- 19th European Conference on Eye Movements, Auditory distraction by meaningful background speech during reading, 20 Aug 2017, Wuppertal, Germany
- 9th BU Postgraduate Conference, Auditory distraction during reading: Evidence from eye-tracking, 08 Mar 2017, Poole, United Kingdom
- 57th Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, The cost of visual degradation: Adding random visual noise to previews makes display changes highly detectable, 17 Nov 2016, Boston, USA
- 57th Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Parafoveal preview effects from word N+2 during reading: A Bayesian meta-analysis, 17 Nov 2016, Boston, USA
- 8th BU Postgraduate Conference, Do readers obtain information from the second word to the right of the current fixation? A Bayesian meta-analysis., 09 Mar 2016, Bournemouth, UK
- 2nd International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Parafoveal preview effects from word N+2 during reading: A Bayesian meta-analysis, 05 May 2016, Granada, Spain
- Psychonomic Society, Student member (2015-),