Julie Kirkby

Dr Julie Kirkby

  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology
  • Poole House P119, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I came to Bournemouth University in November 2010 as a lecturer in the Department of Psychology. My research interests fall within the field of cognitive psychology, in particular eye movements, reading and visual cognition. I use eye movement recording techniques to investigate a variety of aspects of visual and linguistic processing. Eye movements are the primary behavioural means by which visual information is taken in; therefore, these recordings provide an excellent on-line behavioural measure of the underlying cognitive and visual processing that occurs.

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. Projects mainly focus on: Eye movements during a variety of cognitive processes, binocular coordination during reading, and children's oculomotor control during reading.

My undergraduate teaching duties are; lectures and associated seminars on Autism for the Third Year Unit: Reading Acquisition and Autism...



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.

Journal Articles


  • Kirkby, J.A., White, S.J. and Blythe, H.I., 2012. Binocular coordination during reading. The Oxford Handbook of Eye Movements.


  • Bradley, D., McDougall, S. and Kirkby, J., 2016. Does brand information change users’ initial and later evaluations of website appeal? In: Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (Europe Chapter) Conference 24-26 October 2016 Prague.
  • 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. Routledge.

Internet Publications

PhD Students

  • 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,
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