Dr Victoria McGowan


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,

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.


University of Leicester Research Equipment and Infrastructure Fund for a shared eye-tracking laboratory, 2019 (£45,263)

ESRC Future Research Leader Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2014 - 2018,  (£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

2018 - present - Lecturer in Psychology, University of Leicester

2014 - 2018 - 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


Selected publications

For my full publication list click here.

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

Warrington, K.L., McGowan, V.A., Paterson, K.B., & White, S.J.  (in press).  Effects of adult aging on letter position coding in reading:  Evidence from eye movements.  Psychology and Aging.

Warrington, K.L., McGowan, V.A., Paterson, K.B., & White, S.J. (2018). Effects of Aging, Word Frequency and Text Stimulus Quality on Reading across the Adult Lifespan: Evidence from eye movements. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 44(11), 1714-1729. Download pdf here

Li, S., Li, L., Wang, J., McGowan, V.A., & Paterson, K.B.  (2018).  Effects of word length on eye guidance differ for young and older Chinese readers.  Psychology and Aging, 33(4), 685-692.  Download pdf here

Wang, J., Li, L., Li, S., Xie, F., Chang, M., Paterson, K.B., White, S.J., & McGowan, V.A. (2018).  Adult age differences in eye movements during reading: The evidence from Chinese.  Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 73(4), 584-593.  Download pdf here

McGowan, V.A., & Reichle, E.D.  (2018).  The “Risky” Reading Strategy Revisited: New Simulations Using E-Z Reader.  Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71(1), 189-189.  Download pdf here

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

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

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

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