Simon P Liversedge

Prof. Simon P. Liversedge

Professor of Cognitive Psychology

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB207

+44 (0) 1772 89 3877

Subject Areas: Psychology

Simon's research interests include human vision and cognition, eye movements, and reading.

If you would be interested in pursuing a Ph.D. under Simon's supervision please contact him via email in the first instance


Full Profile

Simon P. Liversedge is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology in the School of Psychology at UCLan

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 provides an excellent on-line behavioural measure from which inferences concerning current cognitive processing can be made.  This technique has provided particular insight into the cognitive processes underlying reading and search.  Simon has excellent international collaborative relations with a large number of very high profile researchers working in the field of eye movements and reading.  He has secured funding from a wide range of agencies to support my research and also undertakes consultancy work.


  • 1986 - 1990: B.Sc. Hons, Psychology, University of Dundee.
  • 1990 - 1994: Ph.D., Psychology, University of Dundee.


Degno, F., Loberg, O., Zang, C., Zhang, M., Donnelly, N., & Liversedge, S. P. (2018). Parafoveal previews and lexical frequency in natural reading: evidence from eye movements and fixation-related potentials. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. (In Press).

Zang, C., Fu, Y., Bai, X., Yan, G. & Liversedge, S.P., (2018).  Investigating word length effects in Chinese reading.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. (In Press).

Blythe, H. I., Dickins, J. H., Kennedy, C. R., & Liversedge, S. P. (2018). Phonological processing during silent reading in teenagers who are deaf/hard of hearing: An eye movement investigation. Developmental Science, 21(5).

Blythe, H., Kirkby, J., & 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), 100.

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Research projects

Simon is currently Principal Investigator on the project “Processing Multi-Constituent Units in Chinese Reading: An Eye Movement Investigation” funded by the ESRC.

Simon carries out work investigating search, security and threat assessment that is supported by a variety of funders including DSTL


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

Research Activities

Simon is a reviewer for a large number of cognitive psychology journals as well as numerous research funders.


Simon supervises a number of Ph.D. students working in the area of visual and cognitive processing.

External Affiliations

Simon collaborates closely with colleagues in the Department of Psychology and Behavior in Tianjin Normal University where he was awarded an Honorary Professorship.


Current Editorial Roles:

  • Editor
  • Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (2017-present)
  • Consulting Editor
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
  • Editorial Board
  • Journal of Eye Movement Research

Previous Editorial Positions:

  • Visual Cognition (Associate Editor)
  • Journal of Research in Reading (Associate Editor)
  • European Journal of Cognitive Psychology (Associate Editor)

Simon is a member of the Experimental Psychology Society Committee and the Experimental Psychology Society

Honorary Credential: Tianjin Haihe Friendship Award by the Municipal People’s Government of Tianjin, P.R. China, September 2017