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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... Lectures and associated seminars for the First Year Unit: Biological Neuroscience and Cognition.
My postgraduate teaching duties, on the Lifespan Neuropsychology MSc include lectures on the use of eye movements to examine human cognition, developmental dyslexia and autism.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.
- Parker, A.J., Slattery, T.J. and Kirkby, J.A., 2019. Return-sweep saccades during reading in adults and children. Vision Research, 155, 35-43.
- Vasilev, M., Parmentier, F.B.R., Angele, B. and Kirkby, J., 2018. Distraction by deviant sounds during reading: An eye-movement study. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
- Vasilev, M.R., Kirkby, J.A. and Angele, B., 2018. Auditory Distraction During Reading: A Bayesian Meta-Analysis of a Continuing Controversy. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 13 (5), 567-597.
- Moseley, R.L., Hitchiner, R. and Kirkby, J.A., 2018. Self-reported sex differences in high-functioning adults with autism: A meta-analysis. Molecular Autism, 9 (1).
- Vasilev, M.R., Slattery, T.J., Kirkby, J.A. and Angele, B., 2018. What are the costs of degraded parafoveal previews during silent reading? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition, 44 (3), 371-386.
- Blythe, H.I., Kirkby, J.A. and Liversedge, S.P., 2018. Comments on: “what is developmental dyslexia?” brain sci. 2018, 8, 26. the relationship between eye movements and reading difficulties. Brain Sciences, 8 (6).
- 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 and 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, 23 (4), 415-431.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Moseley, R. and Kirkby, J., 2018. Autism screening tool may not detect the condition in some women. The Conversation. Available from: https://theconversation.com/autism-screening-tool-may-not-detect-the-condition-in-some-women-96488.
- 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,