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 Vision, Cognition and Neuroscience group.

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

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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 Vision, Cognition and Neuroscience group.

Federica’s research focuses on foveal and parafoveal processing in reading, in the link between behavioural measures (such as eye movements) and neural measures (such as brain potentials), and in 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 Vision, Cognition and Neuroscience group at the University of Central Lancashire.

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

  • European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP), Full Member (2019 - )
  • Higher Education Academy, Associate Fellow (2015 - )

Publications

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.org/10.1037/xge0000494

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.org/10.1007/s00221-018-05466-y

A number of papers are currently under review, submitted and in preparation.

Research Activities

Federica works in the Brain Imaging Laboratory (BIL) 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 ERP, FRP and/or eye movement research on reading, or on language more in general. 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

  • Co-Registration and Reading
  • Eye Movements and Reading

Teaching activities

Federica teaches on the following undergraduate and master modules:

  • PS1030 “Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition” (lectures and workshops)
  • PS2850 “Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience” (lectures)
  • 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., 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 China International Conference on Eye Movements (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. Experimental Psychology Society (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. 57th Psychonomic Society 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 China International Conference on Eye Movements (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. Experimental Psychology Society 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. 18th European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM), University of Vienna, Vienna (Austria), August 16-21. Poster.