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PSYC3044 Eye Movements and Visual Cognition

Module Overview

The course will have a strong emphasis on the cognitive processes underlying reading, although other areas of visual cognition will also be covered. We will consider a number of important and topical theoretical issues related to oculomotor function in human cognition. In particular, we will discuss factors influencing where and for how long we make fixations, what we are able to process during a fixation, how we determine where to fixate within a sentence or a visual scene, and the relationship between eye movements and attention. Also we will consider the time course of processing in relation to the characteristics of a sentence or a visual scene that we are processing.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To develop students' understanding of the role of eye movements in visual cognition.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Deatiled knowledge of eye movements in visual cognition
  • Experimental methods
  • The application of eye movement methods to real world problems.
  • In reading, scene perception, art spectatorship and special populations


Understanding eye movements Reading Visual and rummage search Scene perception Co-registration of eye movements and ERPs

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The overall aim of the unit is tuition of high level final year course content, including student participation and discussion. The module will present some of the material in an informal lecture format and there will be a significant amount of discussion regarding relevant journal articles in the field. Most of the work in the classes will be discussion based. Several researchers working in the eye movement laboratories at Southampton (and potentially beyond) are likely to contribute to teaching/discussions on this module

Independent Study128
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 75%
Oral presentation 24%
Research Participation 1%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Prerequisites: (PSYC2019 and PSYC2020) or (EDUC2043 and EDUC2042) or EDUC2054

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