Kevin Paterson

Professor of Experimental Psychology

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Twitter: @kbp3

Contact Details

Postal Address:

Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour

Centre for Medicine

University of Leicester

University Road

Leicester LE1 9HN.


I am a member of the Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour. I use methods from experimental psychology to investigate visual and cognitive mechanisms that underlie reading and language understanding across the lifespan and in different languages and cultures. Much of this research involves the study of eye movements while reading and includes research on questions relating to the neuroscience of reading, cross-linguistic studies of reading, language development and aging.

1000 Talents Visiting Professorship at Tianjin Normal University, China.

Visiting Professor in the Academy of Psychology and Behavior at Tianjin Normal University, China. (2014-2017)

Member of the International Collaborative Eye Tracking Network (ICETraN) based at Tianjin Normal University, China.

Member of the Experimental Psychology Society.

Fellow of the Psychonomics Society.

Conference Secretary for the Experimental Psychology Society (2015-2018).

Academic Editor for PLOS ONE, Associate Editor for Frontiers in Psychology, Associate Editor for the Journal of Research in Reading, and Associate Editor for The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Member of ESRC Peer Review College (2009-2015).

Fellow of ESRC Peer Review College (2015-2019)

Research Degree Supervision

I would be interested in supervising PhD study in any of the following areas:

  • Eye movements and reading
  • Language development
  • Effects of healthy aging on reading
  • Reading in non-European languages (e.g., Arabic, Chinese, Urdu)
  • Neuroscience and Education

Learn more and apply for research degrees in Psychology.

Postgraduate and Undergraduate Teaching

I am Course Director for the MSc in Psychological Research Methods. I teach classes on research methods and statistics as part of this course and classes on research philosophy and statistics for the Social Sciences Doctoral Training Course. I also teach undergraduate classes on perception, cognition and the psychology of language on undergraduate degrees in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. I supervise undergraduate and master's research projects across a breadth of topics.

Selected Recent Publications [click here for full list of publications]

Li, L., Li, S., Wang, Ji., McGowan, V.A., Liu, P., Jordan, T.J., & Paterson, K.B. (in press). Aging and the Optimal Viewing Position Effect in visual word recognition: Evidence from English. Psychology and Aging.

Wang, J., Li, L, Li, S., Xie, F., Chang, M., Paterson, K.B., White, S.J., & McGowan, V.A. (in press). Adult age differences in eye movements during reading: The evidence from Chinese. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.

White, S.J., Lantz, L.,M.T., & Paterson, K.B. (2017). Spontaneous re-reading within sentences: Eye movement control and visual sampling, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43, 395-413.

Jordan, T.R., Dixon, J., McGowan, V.A., Kurtev, S., & Paterson, K.B. (2016). Fast and slow readers and the effectiveness of the spatial frequency content of text: Evidence from reading times and eye movements. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42, 1066–1071

Jordan, T.R., Kurtev, S., McGowan, V.A., & Paterson, K.B. (2016). A further look at postview effects in reading: An eye-movements study of influences from the left of fixation.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 42, 296-307.

Pagan, C.A.P., Paterson, K.B., Blythe, H.I., & Liversedge, S.P. (2016). An inhibitory influence of transposed letter neighbors on eye movements during reading. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23, 278-284.

Paterson, K.B., Read J., McGowan, V.A., & Jordan, T.R. (2015).  Children and adults both see “pirates” in “parties”: Letter-position effects for developing readers and skilled adult readers. Developmental Science, 18, 335–343.

Jordan, T.R., Sheen, M., Abedipour, L., & Paterson, K.B. (2015). Seeing inscriptions on the Shroud of Turin and the role of psychological influences in the perception of writing. PLoS ONE, e0136860.

Liu, P., Liu, D., Han, B., & Paterson, K.B. (2015). Aging and the Optimal Viewing Position Effect in Chinese. Frontiers in Psychology, fpsyg.2015.01656.

Paterson, K.B., Almabruk, A.A.A., McGowan, V.A., White, S.J., & Jordan, T.R. (2015).  Effects of word length on eye movement control: The evidence from Arabic.  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22, 1443-1450.

White, S.J., Warrington, K.L., McGowan, V.A., & Paterson, K.B. (2015). Eye Movements during reading and topic scanning: Effects of word frequency.  Journal of Experimental Psychology, Human Perception and Performance, 41, 233-248.

Wang, J., Tian, J., Han, W., Liversedge, S. P., & Paterson, K. B. (2014). Inhibitory stroke neighbour priming in character recognition and reading in Chinese. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67, 2149-2179.

Jordan, T.R., McGowan, V.A., & Paterson, K.B. (2014). Reading with filtered fixations: Age differences in the effectiveness of low-level properties of text within central vision. Psychology and Aging, 29, 229-235.

Paterson, K.B., McGowan, V.A., White, S.J., Malik, S., Abedipour, L., & Jordan, T.R. (2014). Reading Direction and the Central Perceptual Span in Urdu and English. PLoS ONE 9(2): e88358.

McGowan, V.A., White, S.W., Jordan, T.R., & Paterson, K.B. (2014). Aging and the use of inter-word spaces during reading: Evidence from eye movements. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21, 740-747.

Jordan, T.R., Almabruk, A.A.A., Gadalla, E.M., McGowan, V.A., White, S.J., Abedipour, L., & Paterson K.B. (2014). Reading direction and the central perceptual span: Evidence from Arabic and English. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21, 505-511.

Paterson, K.B., McGowan, V.A., & Jordan, T.R. (2013). Aging and the control of binocular eye movements during reading. Psychology and Aging, 28, 789-795.

Recent Research Funding

Paterson, K.B., & Bai. X. (2016). UK/China Researcher Links workshop grant on "Improving Literacy: Understanding Reading Development and Reading Difficulties Across the Lifespan". British Council/Newton Fund/CNSF. (UK contribution £24K)

Paterson, K.B., White, S.J., & Warrington, K. (2016). Newton Fund PhD Placement Grant. (£15.5K)

Paterson, K.B., Hutchinson, C., White, S.J., & Gottlob, I. (2016). Using Eye Movements to Assess Reading Behaviour for Typically-Developing and Visually-Impaired Readers. DARO Development Fund. (£20K)

Paterson, K.B., Hutchinson, C., White, S.J., & Gottlob, I. (2016). Revealing the role of visual crowding in reading difficulty across the lifespan. Freemasons Grand Charity. (£32K)

Paterson, K.B., & White, S.J. (2015-2018). Revealing effects of ageing on parafoveal processing during reading. The Leverhulme Trust (£150K)

Paterson, K.B. (2015). Experimental Psychology Society Undergraduate Research Bursary. (£2K)

Paterson, K.B. (2014).  Wellcome Trust Bio-Medical Vacation Scholarship. (£2K)

Hutchinson, C.V., Paterson, K.B., & Maltby, J. (2014). Reading between the lines of visual discomfort in CFS/ME. ME Research UK. (£16K)

Paterson, K.B., White, S.W., & Gottlob, I. (2014). Eye movement behaviour of older readers: Visual processing of words. Joint funding from Ulverscroft Large-Print Publishers and the European Regional Development Fund. (£20K)

Paterson, K.B. (2013).  Wellcome Trust Bio-Medical Vacation Scholarship. (£2K)

Paterson, K.B. (2013). Revealing a role for word shape in older adults' word recognition and reading. British Academy (£10K)

Paterson, K.B., Filik, R., & Maltby, J.M. (2011-2013). Improving secondary school students’ science text comprehension. The Leverhulme Trust (£73K)

Paterson, K.B. (2011-2012). British Academy Mid-Career Research Fellowship: Assessing older adults' use of basic visual cues during reading.  The British Academy. (£91K)

White, S.J., & Paterson, K.B. (2011-2014). College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology College PhD Studentship, University of Leicester.

Jordan, T.R., & Paterson, K.B. (2008-2011).  Developing practical solutions to reading impairments.  The Ulverscroft Foundation (£105K)

Current Research Students (co-supervised with Sarah White)

Laura  Lantz - Eye movements and text re-reading.

Najat Ali Moh El Mrabit - Eye movements while reading Arabic


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