Dr Victoria McGowan

Research Fellow

Victoria McGowan photo Research group: Vision and Language Group
Email: vm88@le.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)116 373 6862
Fax: +44 (0)116

Room number 4.17,
Centre for Medicine,
The Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour,
University of Leicester,
Leicester,
LE1 9HN
UK.

 

Research Interests and Techniques

My research explores how we can use eye movements to understand the cognitive processes underlying reading, and in particular, how this changes as we grow older.  This research is currently funded by an ESRC Future Research Leader Fellowship.

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Funding

ESRC Future Research Leader Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2014 - 2017,  (£158,162)

BPS Postdoctoral Study Visit Scheme - 2015 (£250)

Experimental Psychology Society Study Visit Grant for visiting Tianjin Normal University, China, 2014 (£1840)

Experimental Psychology Society Grindley Grant for travel to the European Conference on Eye Movements in Lund, Sweden, 2013, (£500)

PhD studentship, awarded by the College of Medicine, Biological Science, and Psychology, 2011 - 2014 (£13,500 per annum)

 

Education & Experience

2014 - present - Research Fellow, University of Leicester

2011 - 2015 - PhD, University of Leicester

2009 - 2011 - Research Assistant, University of Leicester

2007 - 2008 - Honorary Research Assistant (Industrial Placement), Aston University

2005 - 2009 - BSc Human Psychology, Aston University

  

Publications

Please email me if you'd like the full version of any of these papers.

McGowan, V.A., & Reichle, E.D.  (in press).  The “Risky” Reading Strategy Revisited: New Simulations Using E-Z Reader.  Quarterly Journal of Experimental PsychologyDownload pdf here

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 Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social SciencesDownload pdf here

Schaeffer, M.J., Paterson, K.B., McGowan, V.A., White, S.J., & Malmkjaer (2017).  Reading for translation.  In A. Jakobsen and B. Mesa-Lao (Eds.), Translation in Transition.  John Benjamins [pp. 18-54]

Li, L., Li, S., Wang, J., McGowan, V.A., Liu, P., Jordan, T.R., & Paterson, K.B.  (2017).  Aging and the optimal viewing position effect in visual word recognition: Evidence from English.  Psychology and Aging, 32(4), 367-376.  Download pdf here

Jordan, T.J., McGowan, V.A., Kurtev, S., & Paterson, K.B. (2017). Investigating the effectiveness of spatial frequencies to the left and right of central vision during reading: Evidence from reading times and eye movements. Frontiers in Psychology, 8.807Download pdf here

Marinelli, C.V., Romani, C., Burani, C.,McGowan, V.A., & Zoccolotti, P.  (2016).  Costs and benefits of orthographic inconsistency in reading: Evidence from a cross-linguistic comparison.  PLoS ONE, 11(6), e0157457.  Download pdf here

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.  Download pdf here

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(2), 296-307. Find abstract here

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(5), 1443 - 1450. Find abstract here  

McGowan, V.A., White, S.J., & Paterson, K.B. (2015). The effects of interword spacing on the eye movements of young and older readers. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 27(5), 609-621. Download pdf here  

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(1), 233-248. Download pdf here

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(2), 335-343. Find abstract here

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. Download pdf here

McGowan, V.A., White, S.J., 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. Download pdf here

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. Download pdf here

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, 505-11. Download pdf here

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. Download pdf here

Paterson, K. B., McGowan, V. A., & Jordan, T.R. (2013). Filtered text reveals adult age differences in reading. Psychology and Aging, 28, 352-364. Download pdf here

Jordan, T. R., McGowan, V. A., & Paterson, K. B. (2013). What’s left? An eye-movement study of the influence of interword spaces to the left of fixation during reading. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20, 551-557. Find abstract here

Paterson, K. B., McGowan, V. A., & Jordan, T. R. (2013). Effects of adult aging on reading filtered text: Evidence from eye movements. PeerJ, 1:e63, doi: 10.7717/peerj.63. Download pdf here

McGowan, V. A., Paterson, K. B., & Jordan, T. R. (2013). Age-related visual impairments and perceiving linguistic stimuli: The rarity of assessing the visual abilities of older participants in language research. Experimental Aging Research, 39, 70-79. Find abstract here

Jordan, T. R., McGowan, V. A., & Paterson, K. B. (2012). Reading with a filtered fovea: The influence of visual quality at the point of fixation during reading. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 19, 1078-1084. Find abstract here

Paterson, K.B., McGowan, V.A., & Jordan, T.R. (2012). Eye movements reveal effects of visual content on eye guidance and lexical access during reading. PLoS ONE 7(8): e41766.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0041766. Download pdf here

Jordan, T.R., McGowan, V.A., & Paterson, K.B. (2011). Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Rarity of Assessing and Reporting Participants' Visual Abilities When Studying Perception of Linguistic Stimuli. Perception, 40(7), 873-876. Find abstract here

Almabruk, A.A.A., Paterson, K.B., McGowan, V.A., Jordan, T.R. (2011) Evaluating Effects of Divided Hemispheric Processing on Word Recognition in Foveal and Extrafoveal Displays: The Evidence from Arabic. PLoS ONE 6(4): e18131. Download pdf here

Jordan, T.R., Almabruk, A.A.A., McGowan, V.A., & Paterson, K.B. (2011). Evaluating hemispheric divisions in processing fixated words: The evidence from Arabic. Cortex, 47, 992-997. Find abstract here

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