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Research on the Reading Abilities of Over-65 Year Olds

Participants sought for School of Psychology study

We are seeking over-65 year olds to take part in some experiments currently being conducted in the School of Psychology at the University of Leicester to reveal effects of normal aging on people’s reading abilities. The experiments involve recording participants’ eye movements using an eye-tracker (which is not painful or invasive) as they read lines of text on a computer display.

Participants must be over 65 years old and have good normal or corrected vision (i.e., glasses or contact lenses), and no history of serious visual impairment (e.g., glaucoma), be native English speakers, and read frequently. Most glasses or contact lenses are fine, although bifocals and varifocals, and glasses that react to light, can be problematic.

The study will last approximately 2 hours (with plenty of short breaks), and can take place either on a single day or be split over 2 days. Participants will be reimbursed for their travel expenses and receive a small payment (20 pounds) for taking part.

This research is funded by the Ulverscroft Foundation (a Leicestershire charity concerned with helping the visual impaired) and The British Academy. The results of the research will be used to better understand and remediate the causes of reading difficulty that is often experienced by older people.

If you would like to take part in this research, please contact Dr Stoyan Kurtev (Email:, Telephone: 075 800 65046) or Dr Kevin Paterson (Email: , Telephone: 0116 229 7179 / 07545 386 642) in the School of Psychology.

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