Insights into reading behaviour provided at free public event

Posted by es328 at Feb 17, 2017 11:45 AM |
The ‘Science of Reading’ will be explored at University of Leicester Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Thursday 16 March
Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 17 February 2017
  • The Inaugural Lecture is free of charge and open to all, 16 March 2017 between 17:30 and 19:30 GMT in The Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Wellcome Building, University of Leicester.

A free public lecture hosted by the University of Leicester will provide an insight into how the brain learns to read and how reading behaviour changes with age on Thursday 16 March.

The lecture, entitled ‘The Science of Reading’, is part of the Professorial Inaugural Lecture series hosted by the University.

Professor Kevin Paterson, from the Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, will outline the basic components of reading and shows how reading behaviour changes with age and adapts to the visual and cognitive demands of different writing systems.

Professor Paterson, Professor of Experimental Psychology, said: “Our lives are dominated by the written word. For the individual, being able to read well is of fundamental importance for normal educational development, and essential for people to function effectively and to meet everyday demands of living, working and citizenship.

“However, reading is a learned skill that involves the orchestration of complex cognitive and motor behaviours that move the eyes across the page and enable readers to recognise individual words and assign meaning to text.”

Professor Paterson studied for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Glasgow, graduating with a PhD in Psychology in 1996, and worked at the Universities of Nottingham and Derby before joining the University of Leicester in 2003.

He uses methods of experimental psychology to investigate visual and cognitive mechanisms that underlie reading and language understanding across the lifespan and in different languages and cultures.

Professor Paterson is also Visiting Professor at the Academy of Psychology and Behaviour at Tianjin Normal University, China, as well as a member of the International Collaborative Eye Tracking Network (ICETraN), based at Tianjin Normal University.

Parking will be available in the Henry Wellcome Building carpark, which is off Lancaster Road.

Book a place at the Professorial Inaugural Lecture here:

Please contact Danni Benyon-Payne at with any questions about the event.

For other lectures in the 2016-17 Professorial Inaugural Series please visit:


Notes to Editors:

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Kevin Paterson, Professor of Experimental Psychology, University of Leicester

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