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Dr Denis Drieghe BSc, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor, Erasmus and Exchange Coordinator

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Denis Drieghe joined the Psychology department of the University of Southampton in 2009. He is an Associate Professor in Experimental Psychology, and his research involves recording eye movements to examine cognitive processing during reading.

He received his PhD in Experimental Psychology from Ghent University in Belgium working with Marc Brysbaert where he also obtained his BSc and MSc (named 'licenciaat' at the time). He obtained consecutive positions as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow from the Fund for Scientific Research - Flanders for a total of 5 years. During his time in Ghent, he also obtained multiple grants to go abroad for research visits. Spread over three separate visits, he spent a total of 2.5 years working with Keith Rayner and Sandy Pollatsek at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA (USA). He was a visiting research fellow at the University of Southampton working with Simon Liversedge before taking on a lectureship in the Psychology department in 2010.

Denis is an Associate Editor for Behavior Research Methods (since 2020) and Psychologica Belgica (since 2014). His research has been funded by the Fund for Scientific Research – Flanders, the Leverhulme Trust, the Experimental Psychological Society and the Australian Research Council.

Research interests

My research can be situated in the field of eye movements during reading. One of my main research lines has been related to parafoveal processing: How accurate is parafoveal processing, and how does it influence the decision whether to skip the next word or not; How does it relate to foveal processing (i.e. simultaneous or only after foveal processing has been concluded). Additionally, my research has examined reading in multiple languages (English, Dutch, Finnish, Chinese, Arabic), and has directly compared reading in different languages both between native speakers and within bilinguals. Recent projects involved looking at task effects during reading (e.g. reading for comprehension versus skimming) and individual differences in reading (e.g. spelling skills and reading ability). Besides these topics, I'm also interested in a wide range of phenomena, all dealing with either eye movements in reading or the processing of words in general.

Research group

Centre for Perception and Cognition (CPC)

Research project(s)

Eye movements during reading

Psychological processes active during the processing of written linguistic material

  • REF Champion for Psychology
  • Erasmus and Exchange Coordinator
  • Member of the Ethical Committee for Psychology
  • Member of the Centre for Perception and Cognition and I make coffee for my collaborators and students.
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  • PSYC3064 Advanced Quantitative Research Skills – module coordinator
  • PSYC6055 Statistical Programming in R – module coordinator
  • In Easter break, I always teach a 3-day intensive course on Programming in R and Linear Mixed Models open to PhD students, postdocs and members of staff – module coordinator
  • PSYC2021 Language and Memory
  • PSYC3003 Literature Review
  • PSYC3005 Research Project
Dr Denis Drieghe
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