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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 then 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.  I began my Lectureship at Southampton in October 2015.

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

Centre for Vision and Cognition (CVC)

Affiliate research group

Southampton Neuroscience Group

Research project(s)

Eye movements during reading

Psychological processes active during the processing of written linguistic material

  • Member of the Centre for Visual Cognition (CVC).
  • Psychology Research in Partnership Scheme Coordinator.
  • Upgrade Tutor.
  • Postgraduate Training Coordinator.
  • Psychology Representative on Faculty International Advisory Group (FIAG).
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Book Chapters

  • Kirkby, J., White, S. J., & Blythe, H. I. (2011). Binocular coordination during reading. In S. Liversedge, I. Gilchrist, & S. Everling (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Eye Movements (pp. 801-818). (Oxford Library of Psychology). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Blythe, H. I., & Joseph, H. (2011). Children's eye movements during reading. In Oxford Handbook on Eye Movements (pp. 643-662). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.


  • Module Coordinator  - Language and Memory (PSYC2021).
  • Module Coordinator – Eye Movements and Visual Cognition (PSYC3044).
  • I am a Personal Academic Tutor for Thinking Psychologically (PSYC1005)
  • I also deliver lectures on the following modules: Developmental Psychology (PSYC2007) and Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neuroscience (PSYC3060).
Dr Hazel Blythe
Building 44 Highfield Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 44/4109

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