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My research interests fall within the fields of Developmental / Cognitive Psychology, in particular reading, language processing, human-computer interaction, and expert perception judgment and visual cognition. I use mobile and static eye movement recording techniques to investigate a variety of aspects of visual and linguistic processing.
The primary goal of my research is to increase our understanding of the causes and outcomes of developmental disorders in childhood and adolescence. In this program of research I am particularly interested in reading and language development. Current projects focus on: Binocular coordination and dyslexia, quantifying efficient performance in classroom copying tasks, parafoveal processing in dyslexia and human-computer interaction in ASD. I am also interested in the use of multimodal virtual reality to benefit learning-based games. In this program I am particularly interested in enhancing cognitive processes involved in learning and training under immersive virtual environments... Current projects currently focus on eye-hand coordination to inform our understanding of the technology that integrates eye tracking with traditional interaction interfaces, as well as advances the efficiency of human-computer interaction and user experience.
Undergraduate teaching duties: Biopsychology and Cognition; Eye Tracking, Communication and Cognition;
Postgraduate teaching duties: Lifespan Neuropsychology MSc– The Use of Eye Movement Measures to Examine Human Cognition, Developmental Dyslexia, and Autism.
Postgraduate Research Supervision:
Abby Laishley: Quantifying the Role of Working Memory in Efficient Classroom Performance.
Rhiannon Barrington: Understanding childhood dyslexia by measuring eye-movements during reading: A test of Magnocellular Theory
Shujie Deng: Integration of Multiple Sensory Interactions Using Haptic and Eye-tracking Devices
Daniel Bradley: Autism, Cognitive Processing and the Internet.more
Letter and word spacing and dyslexia: Currently working with Julie Kirkby on an adult reading study comparing the eye movements of dyslexic readers with those of non-dyslexic readers while reading texts varying in horizontal letter and word spacing. The data have been collected at Bournemouth University and we are now in the process of analysing and writing up the results for publication.
- 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.
- Parker, A.J., Kirkby, J.A. and Slattery, T.J., 2017. Predictability effects during reading in the absence of parafoveal preview. JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY, 29 (8), 902-911.
- Deng, S., Chang, J., Kirkby, J.A. and Zhang, J.J., 2016. Gaze-mouse coordinated movements and dependency with coordination demands in tracing. BEHAVIOUR & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, 35 (8), 665-679.
- Godwin, H.J., Liversedge, S.P., Kirkby, J.A., Boardman, M., Cornes, K. and Donnelly, N., 2015. The influence of experience upon information-sampling and decision-making behaviour during risk assessment in military personnel. Visual Cognition.
- Laishley, A.E., Liversedge, S.P. and Kirkby, J.A., 2015. Lexical processing in children and adults during word copying. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 27 (5), 578-593.
- Godwin, H.J., Liversedge, S.P., Kirkby, J.A., Boardman, M., Cornes, K. and Donnelly, N., 2015. The influence of experience upon information-sampling and decision-making behaviour during risk assessment in military personnel. Visual Cognition, 23 (4), 415-431.
- Deng, S., Kirkby, J., Chang, J. and Zhang, J., 2014. Multimodality with Eye tracking and Haptics: A New Horizon for Serious Games? International Journal of Serious Games, 1 (4), 17-34.
- Deng, S., Kirkby, J.A., Chang, J. and Zhang, J.J., 2014. Multimodality with Eye tracking and Haptics: A New Horizon for Serious Games. International Journal of Serious Games.
- Kirkby, J.A., Blythe, H.I., Drieghe, D., Benson, V. and Liversedge, S.P., 2013. Investigating eye movement acquisition and analysis technologies as a causal factor in differential prevalence of crossed and uncrossed fixation disparity during reading and dot scanning. Behavior Research Methods, 45 (3), 664-678.
- Schotter, E.R., Blythe, H.I., Kirkby, J.A., Rayner, K., Holliman, N.S. and Liversedge, S.P., 2012. Binocular coordination: Reading stereoscopic sentences in depth. PLoS One, 7 (4).
- Kirkby, J.A., Blythe, H.I., Drieghe, D. and Liversedge, S.P., 2011. Reading text increases binocular disparity in dyslexic children. PLoS ONE, 6 (11).
- Kirkby, J.A., Blythe, H.I., Benson, V. and Liversedge, S.P., 2010. Binocular coordination during scanning of simple dot stimuli. Vision Research, 50 (2), 171-180.
- Kirkby, J., Kuhn, G., Benson, V., Fletcher-Watson, S., Kovshoff, H., McCormick, C.A. and Leekam, S.R., 2009. Eye movements affirm: Automatic overt gaze and arrow cueing for typical adults and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Experimental Brain Research, 155-165.
- Kirkby, J.A., Webster, L.A.D., Blythe, H.I. and Liversedge, S.P., 2008. Binocular Coordination During Reading and Non-Reading Tasks. Psychological Bulletin, 134 (5), 742-763.
- Kirkby, J., Leyland, L., Juhasz, B.J., Pollatsek, A. and Liversedge, S.P.. The Influence of Word Shading and Word Length on Eye Movements during Reading. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
- Kirkby, J.A., White, S.J. and Blythe, H.I., 2012. Binocular coordination during reading. The Oxford Handbook of Eye Movements.
- Abby Laishley
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- Bournemouth University Active Vision Workshop (June 2016)
- Provided a lengthy update (via SKYPE) of our current and past research into the effects of typography on eye movements during reading. And explored mutual interest in additional research projects related to dyslexia.
- PhD in Binocular coordination and dyslexia (2009)
- Experimental Psychology Society, Member,