Laura Lantz

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Research Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant 
BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Leicester, 2012)

Supervisors:

Dr. Sarah White and Dr. Kevin Paterson

Research Interests:

I am an active member of the Vision and Language Group in the School of Psychology, University of Leicester.

My research focuses on understanding the processes involved in reading, specifically the co-ordination of lower level systems (visual processing, eye movement control) and higher level cognitive processing (text comprehension). The research employs eye tracking methods which provide key insights into what is processed when during naturalistic reading. Substantial previous work has been undertaken into understanding what initially drives the eyes forward in the text, but little is so far known about the processes underlying eye movement control once the eyes have moved back in the text (that is, during re-reading). My thesis is therefore particularly concerned with investigating the nature of eye movement behaviour and comprehension processes during such re-reading behaviour. Critically, my work with skilled readers also raises key questions for understanding the reading process for populations that suffer problems with reading (e.g. dyslexics, children, older adults, poorer readers).

Teaching:

  • PS1001 and PS1004  lectures
  • PS1001 and PS1016 Skills Tutorials
  • PS1016 Discussion Tutorials
  • PS1001 and PS1004 Lab Sessions
  • PS2023 ANOVA Tutorials
  • PS1001 and PS1004 Essay and Practical report marking
  • Helpdesk sessions and answering queries on Blackboard discussion forums

Presentations and Posters:

White, S.J., Lantz, L.M.T, & Paterson, K.B. (2013). Spontaneous re-reading within sentences: Eye movement behaviour and visual sampling. European Conference of Eye Movements, Lund, Sweden.

Lantz, L.M.T., White, S.J., & Paterson, K.B. (2012). An examination of sampling and eye movement behaviour during spontaneous re-reading. Talk presented at Psychology PhD Conference, Leicester, 2012.

White, S.J., Lantz, L.M.T., & Paterson, K.B. (2012). Spontaneous re-reading of text: Eye movement behaviour and visual sampling. Meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society, July, Bristol, UK.

Published Abstracts/Publications.

Lantz, L.M.T., White, S.J., & Paterson, K.B. (2013). Spontaneous re-reading of structurally ambiguous sentences: Eye movement behaviour and visual sampling. (2013). In K. Holmqvist, F. Mulvey & R. Johansson (Eds.), Book of Abstracts of the 17th European Conference on Eye Movements, 11-16 August 2013, in Lund, Sweden. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 6(3), p322.

White, S.J., Lantz, L.M.T., & Paterson, K.B. (2013). Spontaneous re-reading of text: Eye movement behaviour and visual sampling. In K. Holmqvist, F. Mulvey & R. Johansson (Eds.), Book of Abstracts of the 17th European Conference on Eye Movements, 11-16 August 2013, in Lund, Sweden. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 6(3), p138.

Grants

Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD Studentship, Awarded by the School of Psychology, University of Leicester

Guarantors of Brain Travel Grant for travel to the European Conference on Eye Movements in Lund, Sweden

Nuffield Undergraduate Research Bursary for work on a ‘spontaneous re-reading’ research project

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Contact Details

Room 354
Maurice Shock Building
School of Psychology
University of Leicester
Lancaster Road
Leicester  LE1 9HN
UK 

E-mail: lmtl1@le.ac.uk
Tel:    +44 (0)116 229 7081
Fax:   +44 (0)116 229 7196

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University of Leicester
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