BPS Research Seminar Series.

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Seminar 1: Eye movements, Language, and Development
Location: University of Central Lancashire
** Postponed until further notice due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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This first seminar will mark the official launch of the North West Visual Cognition group. The selected presentations will illustrate one of the core principles of our group by focusing on the importance of investigating and explaining human behaviour using robust, scientific methodologies and psychological theory.


This first seminar will focus on how the use of eye tracking has informed the field of human language processing and development. In this seminar we will not only consider psychological processes associated with human language comprehension (reading, speech perception), but also how those processes develop with age.

Abstract Submissions Now Open:


We are pleased to invite authors to submit their abstracts for oral and poster presentations to be delivered at the 1st North-West Visual Cognition group seminar. The seminar will take place in the School of Psychology at UCLan (Preston) on Wednesday the 26th of February 2020.


We welcome abstracts that relate to how the use of eye tracking has informed the field of human language processing and development.

There are three sub-themes as follows:

  • Eye Movements and Reading

  • Eye Movements and Speech Perception

  • Eye Movements across the Life Span


All abstract submissions are required to be sent to Dr Federica Degno at FDegno@uclan.ac.uk.

Abstracts should be no more than 150 words and should include title, authors, authors’ affiliations and the sub-theme the abstract relates to. Please indicate the preferred presentation format (oral or poster) when submitting your abstract. For further information please check the abstract submission doc.

Key dates:

Monday 3rd February: Opening abstract submissions

**New dates: Monday 8th March: Deadline for all abstract submissions
**New dates: Monday 23rd February: Notification regarding general abstract submissions

Presentation formats:

Oral Presentations:

30-minute time slot (20 minutes talk + 10 minutes questions)



60-minute time slot (9:45am-10:45am)

Size of the poster: A0, portrait.

Seminar Location:

School of Psychology

Darwin Building

University of Central Lancashire

Preston PR1 2HE

Abstract submission doc

Seminar 2: Eye movements and Visual attention
Location: Liverpool Hope University
Date: June 2020
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The second seminar will explore some of the influences on visual attention. These will include cognitive control, scene memory, search guidance, emotion, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Anxiety, as well as cross-cultural face and gaze processing in infants.

Seminar 3: Visual cognition and Spectatorship
Location: Media City - Salford University
Date: October 2020
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The third seminar will explore factors that influence spectatorship across a number of domains. Spectatorship has not been studied extensively but an understanding of it is critical to developing models of how knowledge and expertise influence the way in which we represent the world. Current work will be presented on the exploration of cognition and eye movements during spectatorship of pictorial art, improving perception and visuomotor control in elite sport, and visual search during active and passive navigation through familiar and unfamiliar environments.

Seminar 4: Eye tracking: Applications
Location: Edge Hill University
Date: March 2021
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The final seminar of the series will focus on the application of eye tracking to real-world situations with significant emphasis on methodological issues. Specifically, the work and discussions in this seminar will explore the use of eye tracking to improve performance, safety, health, and wellbeing. Presentations will include the use of eye tracking in medical diagnosis and security screening. The benefits of eye tracking for enhancing prosthesis-use will be explored, and work in the field of saccade diagnostics will be discussed.