Richard Shillcock


  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room 4.24, Informatics Forum

10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh
Post code


  • I'm available 9.00-10.00 am every weekday morning, in Room 4.24 Informatics Forum, except Wednesdays.


Representative publications

Obregón, M. & Shillcock, R.C. (in press). Foveational complexity in single word identification: Contralateral visual pathways are advantaged over ipsilateral pathways. Neuropsychologia.

Dare, N. & Shillcock, R.C. (in press). Serial and parallel processing in reading: the effect of parafoveal orthographic information on non-isolated word recognition. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Shillcock, R., Roberts, M.A.J., Kreiner, H., & Obregón, M. (2012). Some issues in computational modelling: Occam's Razor and Hegel's hair gel. In (Ed. E. Davelaar) Connectionist Models of Neurocognition and Emergent Behaviour. World Scientific. pp 343-355.

Simner, J, Hung, W-Y, Shillcock, R.C. (2011). Synaesthesia in a logographic language: The colouring of Chinese characters and Pinyin/Bopomo spellings. Consciousness and Cognition, 20, 1376–1392.

Shillcock, R., Roberts, M.A.J., Kreiner, H., & Obregón, M. (2010). Binocular foveation in reading. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 72, 2184-2203. (Awarded "Best Article of 2010 in AP&P" by The Psychonomic Society.)

Monaghan, P. & Shillcock, R.C. (2008). Hemispheric dissociation and dyslexia in a computational model of reading. Brain and language, 107, 185-93.

Bellamy, K. & Shillcock, R. (2007). A right hemisphere bias towards false memory. Laterality: Asymmetries of Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 12, 154-166.

Shillcock, R.C. (2007). Eye movements and visual word recognition. In The Oxford Handbook of Psycholinguistics (Ed. Gareth Gaskell).

Hsiao, J. H., Shillcock, R., & Lavidor, M. (2006). A TMS examination of semantic radical combinability effects in Chinese character recognition. Brain Research, 1078, 159-167.

Hsiao, J. H. & Shillcock, R. (2006). Analysis of a Chinese phonetic compound database: Implications for orthographic processing. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 35, 405-426.

McDonald, S. A., Spitsyna, G., Shillcock, R., Wise, R. & Leff, A. (2006). Patients with hemianopic alexia adopt an inefficient eye movement strategy when reading text. Brain, 129, 158-167.

Hsiao, J. H. & Shillcock, R. (2005). Foveal splitting causes differential processing of Chinese orthography in the male and female brain. Cognitive Brain Research, 25, 531-536.

McDonald, S. A., Carpenter, R. H. S. & Shillcock, R. C. (2005). An anatomically constrained, stochastic model of eye movement control in reading. Psychological Review, 112, 814-840.

McDonald, S. A. & Shillcock, R. C. (2005). The implications of foveal splitting for saccade planning in reading. Vision Research, 45, 801-820.

Shillcock, R. C. & McDonald, S. A. (2005). Hemispheric division of labour in reading. Journal of Research in Reading, 28, 244-257.

Shillcock, R., Ellison, T.M., & Monaghan, P. (2000). Eye-fixation behaviour, lexical storage and visual word recognition in a split processing model. Psychological Review, 107, 824-851.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation

Undergraduate teaching

This year I am teaching: (1st year) Informatics 1: Cognitive Science; (4th year) Marxist Psychology; (MSc) Language Behaviours, Brains, and Cognition: Principles and Approaches and Language Behaviours, Brains, and Cognition: Data and Theories.

I also run 4th year undergraduate dissertation projects and MSc dissertation projects in PPLS and Informatics. I'm happy to discuss informal proposals for these anytime.

Office Hours

  • 9.00 – 10.00am weekdays in 4.24 (IF)
  • No appointment necessary.

Current PhD students supervised

Research summary

I study reading, cognitive modelling, language representation and processing, and the nature of theories and models in Psychology and in Cognitive Science more widely.