Federica Degno

Dr Federica Degno

  • fdegno at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Lecturer in Psychology
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I obtained a BSc degree in Psychological Science and Techniques and a MSc degree in Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Neuropsychology from the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy), and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Southampton. I then held a Research Fellow position in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Central Lancashire for three years before joining the Department of Psychology at BU as a Lecturer in October 2021. During my MSc, PhD, and Research Fellow position I also did research visits at the University of Exeter, Macquarie University (Australia), and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge.


My research interests lie in the field of Cognitive and Experimental Psychology, and in particular visual cognition. I am especially interested in the foveal and parafoveal processing during reading and the link between behavioural and neural measures. I use a variety of experimental techniques such as eye movements, event-related potentials, and their co-registration in my research.

If you might be interested in carrying out a MSc or PhD under my supervision, please contact me by email, so that we can explore the options available.

Journal Articles

  • Degno, F., Loberg, O. and Liversedge, S.P., 2021. Co-registration of eye movements and fixation-related potentials in natural reading: Practical issues of experimental design and data analysis. Collabra: Psychology, 7 (1).
  • Marsh, J.E., Threadgold, E., Barker, M.E., Litchfield, D., Degno, F. and Ball, L.J., 2021. The susceptibility of compound remote associate problems to disruption by irrelevant sound: a Window onto the component processes underpinning creative cognition? Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 33 (6-7), 793-822.
  • Degno, F. and Liversedge, S.P., 2020. Eye movements and fixation-related potentials in reading: A review. Vision (Switzerland), 4 (1).
  • Degno, F., Loberg, O., Zang, C., Zhang, M., Donnelly, N. and Liversedge, S.P., 2019. A co-registration investigation of inter-word spacing and parafoveal preview: Eye movements and fixation-related potentials. PLoS ONE, 14 (12).
  • de Lissa, P., McArthur, G., Hawelka, S., Palermo, R., Mahajan, Y., Degno, F. and Hutzler, F., 2019. Peripheral preview abolishes N170 face-sensitivity at fixation: Using fixation-related potentials to investigate dynamic face processing. Visual Cognition, 27 (9-10), 740-759.
  • Hepsomali, P., Hadwin, J.A., Liversedge, S.P., Degno, F. and Garner, M., 2019. The impact of cognitive load on processing efficiency and performance effectiveness in anxiety: evidence from event-related potentials and pupillary responses. Experimental Brain Research, 237 (4), 897-909.
  • Degno, F., Loberg, O., Zang, C., Zhang, M., Donnelly, N. and Liversedge, S.P., 2019. Parafoveal previews and lexical frequency in natural reading: Evidence from eye movements and fixation-related potentials. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 148 (3), 453-474.

PhD Students

  • Laura Campbell. Auditory distraction during reading: Investigating the effects of background noise on parafoveal processing.
  • Petar Atanasov. Influences of visual and linguistic variables on reading: A co-registered eye-tracking and electroencephalography investigation.


  • Experimental Psychology Society, Member,
  • North-West Visual Cognition Group, Member,
  • Psychonomic Society, Member,