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Professor Simon Liversedge

Professor of Cognitive Psychology
School of Psychology and Computer Science

Simon's research interests lie in the field of cognitive psychology, and in particular eye movements, reading and human visual cognition. Throughout his research career he has used eye movement recording techniques to investigate a variety of aspects of human visual, linguistic and cognitive processing. The measurement of eye movements during reading and other tasks provides an excellent on-line behavioural measure from which inferences concerning current cognitive processing can be made. This technique has provided significant insight into the nature of cognitive processes underlying reading, search and other activities. | Simon regularly recruits Ph.D. students to work in the experimental laboratories in the School of Psychology and Computer Science at the University of Central Lancashire. If you might be interested in carrying out a Ph.D. under Simon's supervision, please contact him by email:

Simon has published a large number of peer reviewed journal articles on the topic of eye movements, reading and visual cognition targeting papers at leading international journals. He has excellent international contacts and works collaboratively with a large number of international high profile researchers in his field. He has strong links with colleagues in China, particularly at Tianjin Normal University. Simon was Editor of Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (2017-2020), Associate Editor at Visual Cognition (2012-2016), Journal of Research in Reading (2008-2014) and European Journal of Cognitive Psychology (2003-2005). He was a Consulting Editor at Psychonomic Bulletin and Review (2006-2009), is currently a Consulting Editor at Journal of Experimental Psychology: General (2018-present). He has been on the Editorial Board of Journal of Eye Movement Research and Linguistic Compass, has edited several Special Issues for journals and was lead editor of the Oxford Handbook of Eye Movements.

Simon has consistently secured funding from a wide range of agencies to support his research (ESRC, MRC, BBSRC, Leverhulme Trust) and has hosted Ph.D. students from China annually for over a decade supported by the China Scholarship Council.

Simon studied for his undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees in the Eye Movement Laboratories in the Psychology Department at the University of Dundee. He then worked briefly as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at Glasgow University before holding a 3 year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Nottingham. Simon then moved to the University of Durham where he took a Lectureship and was promoted to Senior Lecturer and then Reader. He then worked at the University of Southampton as Professor of Experimental Psychology before joining the University of Central Lancashire as Professor of Cognitive Psychology.

  • Ph.D. Eye Movements and Reading, University of Dundee, 1994
  • B.Sc. (Hons), Psychology, University of Dundee, 1990
  • Tianjin Haihe Friendship Award presented by the Tianjin Municipal People's Government, 2017
  • Eye Movements
  • Reading
  • Human Visual Cognition
  • Experimental Psychology Society Member
  • Psychonomic Society Member