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Dr Hazel Blythe BSc, MA, PhD


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Dr Hazel Blythe is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Southampton.

I did my undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of York, before moving to Durham University for my MA in Research Methods (Developmental Psychology). I completed my PhD at the University of Southampton under the supervision of Professor Simon Liversedge, examining children's eye movements during reading. I have worked on a number of projects as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in collaboration with Professor Simon Liversedge (Psychology, Southampton), Professor Colin Kennedy (Medicine, Southampton), Professor Nick Donnelly (Psychology, Southampton), and Professor Nick Holliman (University of York), with funding from the Leverhulme Trust, the MRC, the ESRC, and the Wellcome Trust.






Research interests

My research interests are primarily in language and literacy development in children. In my research, I measure children’s eye movements as they are reading, in order to study how their reading develops with both age and their broader cognitive development. I am also interested in children’s cognitive development more generally, particularly in the field of visual cognition. I am currently involved with projects in the following areas: reading skills in teenagers with Permanent Childhood Hearing Impairment (PCHI) and in teenagers with dyslexia; typically developing children’s reading, binocular coordination during reading, and adults’ processing of negation during reading.

Research group(s)

Centre for Vision and Cognition (CVC)

Affiliate research group(s)

Southampton Neuroscience Group

Research project(s)

Eye movements during reading

Psychological processes active during the processing of written linguistic material

I am a Member of the Centre for Visual Cognition (CVC). I am a member of the Ethics Committee, and the Enterprise and Innovation Committee in Psychology.


Book Section(s)

  • Binocular coordination during reading - Kirkby, Julie, White, Sarah J. and Blythe, Hazel I.. In The Oxford Handbook of Eye Movements - Liversedge, Simon, Gilchrist, Iain and Everling, Stephan (eds.)
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    Oxford, GB
    Oxford Library of Psychology
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  • Children's eye movements during reading - Blythe, Hazel I. and Joseph, Holly. In Oxford Handbook on Eye Movements
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    Oxford, GB
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I teach on the second year undergraduate module, Perception (PSYC 2018), and am a Personal Academic Tutor.

Dr Hazel Blythe
Building 44 Highfield Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 44/4101

Telephone: (023) 8059 2917

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