Dr. Federica Degno

Dr. Federica Degno

Research Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB207

+44 (0) 1772 89 4472

fdegno@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Psychology

Federica is research active in the Perception, Cognition and Neuroscience research group.

Her research focuses on the perceptual and cognitive processes underlying reading. She uses eye tracking systems alone and in combination with EEG.

She is a member of both the CoRegistration lab and the Eye Movement lab.

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Federica Degno works as a Research Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience within the School of Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, and she is a member of the Perception, Cognition and Neuroscience research group.

Federica’s research focuses on foveal and parafoveal processing in reading, on the link between behavioural measures (such as eye movements) and neural measures (such as brain potentials), and on the application of novel experimental approaches to investigate reading.

Federica gained her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Southampton, with the thesis entitled “Co-Registration of Eye Movements and Brain Potentials to Investigate Processes Underlying Reading”, under the supervision of Professor Simon P. Liversedge  and Professor Nick Donnelly. During her Ph.D. she developed theoretical and methodological skills to conduct experiments using co-registration methodology (i.e., simultaneously recording eye movements and fixation-related potentials). This novel methodology is currently used by Federica and colleagues in the Perception, Cognition and Neuroscience research group at the University of Central Lancashire, in the CoRegistration lab.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Southampton, UK, 2019
  • M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Neuropsychology, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy, 2013
  • B.Sc. in Psychological Science and Techniques, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy, 2010

MEMBERSHIPS

Publications

Degno, F., Loberg, O., Zang, C., Zhang, M., Donnelly, N., & 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): e0225819. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0225819

De Lissa, P., McArthur, G., Hawelka, S., Palermo, R., Mahajan, Y., Degno, F., & Hutzler, F. (in press). Peripheral preview abolishes N170 face-sensitivity at fixation: Using fixation-related potentials to investigate dynamic face processing. Visual Cognition. Doi: 10.1080/13506285.2019.1676855

Hepsomali, P., Hadwin, J., Liversedge, S. P., Degno, F., & 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. Doi: 10.1007/s00221-018-05466-y (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00221-018-05466-y)

4. Degno, F., Loberg, O., Zang, C., Zhang, M., Donnelly, N., & 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. Doi: 10.1037/xge0000494

Research Activities

Federica works in the CoRegistration lab within the School of Psychology.

Current research interests include reading, language, eye movements, event-related potentials, and fixation-related potentials.

Federica is always happy to talk to students who are interested in research on reading, or on language more in general, using ERP, FRP and/or eye movement methodologies. To discuss opportunities to carry out this type of research (as a voluntary research assistant or as a Ph.D. student), or if you are interested in being a research participant, please contact Federica via email at fdegno@uclan.ac.uk

Research Projects

  • Reading in English and Chinese
  • Auditory distraction during reading
  • Reading in younger and older adults
  • Reading with visual impairments

Teaching activities

Federica teaches on the following undergraduate and master modules:

  • PS1030 “Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition” (lectures and workshops)
  • PS1685 “Brain and Behaviour” (lectures)
  • PS2850 “Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience” (lectures)
  • PS4010 “Quantitative Psychological Research” (marking)
  • PS4090 “Psychology Conversion Project” (supervision)

Conferences

Federica regularly attends national and international conferences including:

  • Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) meetings,
  • European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM),
  • China International Conference on Eye Movements (CICEM),
  • annual Psychonomic Society (PS) meetings.

Degno, F., Wei, L., Liversedge, S. P., Wang, M., & Zang, C. (2019). Parafoveal Processing of Phonetic and Semantic Radicals in Chinese Reading. 60 th PS annual meeting, Montréal (Canada), November 14-17. Poster

Degno, F., Soltész, F., Hepsomali, P., Donnelly, N., & Liversedge, S. P. (2019). Effects of stimulus quality and word frequency during sentence reading. 20 th ECEM, Alicante (Spain), August 18-22. Poster.

Degno, F., Loberg, O., Zang, C., Zhang, M., Donnelly, N., & Liversedge, S. P. (2018). Co-registration of eye movements and EEG to investigate parafoveal inter-word spacing, parafoveal preview and word length effects in reading. 8th CICEM, Nanjin Normal University, Nanjin (China), May 26-28. Keynote Talk.

Degno, F., Zang, C., Loberg, O., Zhang, M., Donnelly, N., & Liversedge, S. P. (2017). An investigation of visual, orthographic and lexical processing during reading of sentences. EPS meeting, University of Reading, Reading (UK), July 12-14. Poster.

Degno, F., Soltész, F., Hepsomali, P., Donnelly, N., & Liversedge, S. P. (2016) Neural correlates of degradation and word frequency effects during reading. 57 th PS annual meeting, Boston (USA), November 17-20. Poster.

Degno. F., Soltész, F., Hepsomali, P., Donnelly, N., & Liversedge, S. P. (2016). Neural correlates of degradation and word frequency effects during reading. 7th CICEM, North East Normal University. Changchun (China), May 28-30. Keynote Talk.

Degno, F., Soltész, F., Hepsomali, P., Donnelly, N., & Liversedge, S. P. (2016). Co-registration of eye movements and fixation-related potentials to investigate degradation and word frequency effects during reading. EPS meeting, Durham University, Durham (UK), April 6-8. Talk.

Degno, F., Hepsomali, P., Soltész, F., Donnelly, N., & Liversedge, S. P.  (2015). Co-registration of eye movements and fixation-related potentials to investigate parafoveal preview and word frequency effects. 18 th ECEM, University of Vienna, Vienna (Austria), August 16-21. Poster.