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 now 20% and aiming to be in at work on Fridays, mostly in Room 4.24 Informatics Forum. However, personal tutees can ring me anytime on 07549 531 269 and I'll call in and fix things. (N.B. If it's a crisis, that number is good, day or night, weekday or weekend.)


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.