Leicester Psychologist receives coveted British Academy fellowship

Posted by pt91 at Oct 06, 2011 02:10 PM |
Award will fund groundbreaking research into how elderly people read

Congratulations are in order for Dr Kevin Paterson, of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology, who has been awarded a prestigious Mid-Career Fellowship by the British Academy. The Fellowship is designed to allow outstanding individual researchers to pursue major projects, and is only awarded to one in ten applicants.

Dr Paterson lectures in our School of Psychology and is an expert in reading and eye movements. His research at the University of Leicester has been published extensively in academic journals. Thanks to the Fellowship award, his new study will focus on key differences in how older people read text compared to younger readers.

Preliminary findings indicate that older people can suffer problems with reading that aren’t related to poor vision, but little is known about why this occurs. Dr Paterson’s research will delve deeper into these mysteries, and the findings could help improve care for the elderly.