Dr Liz Moores

Reader in Psychology 
Liz Moores
Associate Dean of Taught Programmes: Development and Recruitment

Associate Pro Vice Chancellor Teaching and Learning

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society


School of Life and Health Sciences
Aston University
Birmingham B4 7ET

Room number: SW508d 

email: e.j.moores@aston.ac.uk
telephone: +44 (0) 121 2044070
fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4090

Students can book time to see me here: https://wass.aston.ac.uk/wass/pages/login.page.php

Research Group

Basic and Applied Neurosciences

Research Centre

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)  

 Profile  Publications  Presentations Qualifications and Education  Employment   Teaching  


In 1995 I was awarded a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Sheffield and was then fortunate enough to gain funding to study for a PhD in dyslexia with Prof. Rod Nicolson and Prof. Angela Fawcett. I worked hard and played hard in Sheffield for another four years - the final year of which I was employed as a temporary lecturer in statistics and research methods. It was time for a change! When my year was up and my PhD was under my belt I jetted off to the University of Verona for a year to do a post-doc in visual selective attention in humans with Prof. Leonardo Chelazzi. Many pizzas and two and a half years later (I liked it there!) I returned to the UK and have been here at Aston University since.

My main research interests are in dyslexia and visual selective attention. Together with my PhD student, Rizan Cassim, we have been investigating visual attention modulation in adults dyslexia and in particular the roles of cueing, crowding and increasing numbers of distractors.  I am also  interested in what guides visual attention and in particular the role of long term and working memory in the guidance of visual attention.


Moores, E., Tsouknida, E. and Romani, C. (2015). Adults with dyslexia can use cues to orient and constrain attention but have a smaller and weaker attentional spotlight. Vision Research, 111, 55-65.

Cassim, R., Talcott, J.B. and Moores, E. (2014). Adults with dyslexia demonstrate large effects of crowding and detrimental effects of distractors in a visual tilt discrimination task. PLOS One 9(9): e106191. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0106191.

Reddy P.A. and Moores, E. (2012). Placement year academic benefit revisited: effects of demographics, prior achievement and degree programme. Teaching in Higher Education, 17, 153-165

Moores, E., Cassim, R. and Talcott, J.B (2011). Adults with dyslexia exhibit large effects of crowding, increased dependence on cues, and detrimental effects of distractors in visual search tasks. Neuropsychologia, 49, 3881-3890.

Moores, E. and Reddy, P.A. (2011). No regrets? Measuring the career benefits of a psychology placement year. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 37, 535-554

Maxwell, J.P., Visek, A.J., & Moores, E. (2009). Anger and aggression in male Hong Kong Chinese athletes: Effects of gender, type of sport, and level of competition. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10, 289-296.

Reddy, P.A. and Moores, E. (2008). Widening Access to Higher Education: An evaluative case study of a foundation year alternative to Access, Psychology Teaching Review, 14, 51-64.

 Moores, E. and Maxwell, J.P. (2008). The role of prior exposure on the capture of attention by items in working memory. Visual Cognition, 16, 675-695. 

Maxwell, J.P. and Moores, E. (2007). The development of a short scale measuring aggressiveness and anger in competitive athletes. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 8, 179-193.

Maxwell, J.P., Moores, E. and Chow, C.C.F. (2007). Anger rumination and self-reported aggression amongst British and Hong Kong Chinese athletes: a cross cultural comparison. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 5, 9-27.

Maxwell, J.P. and Moores, E. (2007). Anger and aggression in competitive sport. In E.I.Clausen (Ed.). The Psychology of Anger. Hauppage, NY: Nova Publishing.

Reddy, P.A. and Moores, E. (2006). Measuring the benefits of a psychology placement year. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 31, 551-567.

Moores, E. (2004). Deficits in Dyslexia: Barking up the wrong tree? Dyslexia, 10, 289-298.

Moores, E., Laiti, L., and Chelazzi, L. (2003). Associative knowledge controls deployment of visual selective attention, Nature Neuroscience, 6, 182-189.

Moores, E., Nicolson, R.I. and Fawcett, A.J. (2003). Attentional Deficits in Dyslexia: Evidence for an Automatisation Deficit? European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 15, 321-348.

Moores, E. and Andrade, J. (2000). Ability of dyslexic and control teenagers to sustain attention and inhibit responses. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 12, 520-540.

Moores, E., Frisby, J.P., Buckley, D., Reynolds, E., and Fawcett, A.J. (1998). Vergence Control Across Saccades in Dyslexic Adults. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 18, 452 - 462.

 b) Commentaries

Richards, I.L., Moores, E., Witton, C., Reddy, P.A., Rippon, G., Rochelle, K.S.H., Talcott, J,B. (2003). Science, Sophistry and ‘Commercial Sensitivity’: Comments on ‘Evaluation of an exercise-based treatment for children with reading difficulties’, by Reynolds, Nicolson & Hambly, Dyslexia, 9, 146-150.

Richards, I.L., Witton, C., Moores, E., Reddy, P.A., Rippon, G. and Talcott, J.B. (2002). Comments on ‘The Dyslexia Ecosystem’: A Reply to Nicolson, Dyslexia, 8, 226-223.

c) Book Reviews 

Moores, E. (2004). The Whats, Whys and Hows of Supporting Dyslexic Students. A review of “Learning Disabilities in Higher Education and Beyond: An International Perspective” edited by Susan A. Vogel, Gila Vogel, Varda Sharoni and Orit Dahan, USA: York Press, 2003, 384 pages + xv, ISBN 0 912752 74 2. Dyslexia, 10,

Moores, E. (2003). Phonology as cause, symptom and treatment?Early Reading Development and Dyslexia, by Valerie Muter, London: Whurr, 2003, 232 pages+ viii, ISBN 1 86156 327 2. Dyslexia, 9, 186-188.

d) Published Abstracts

Maxwell, J.P. and Moores, E.(2007). The development of a short scale measuring aggressiveness and anger in competitive athletes. Annual Conference of the Brisith Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Journal of Sport Sciences, 25, p317

Qualifications & Education

  • Postgraduate Professional Certificate in Learning and Teaching, Aston University, 2005

  • PhD in Psychology, University of Sheffield, 1999

  • European Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Science, International School of Advanced Studies, Trieste, 1998

  • B.A. (Hons) in Psychology, University of Sheffield, 1995


  • 2002 - present: Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Psychology Aston University

  • 1999 - 2001: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Verona

  • 1998 - 1999: Psychology Lecturer, University of Sheffield  

  • I have also tutored at Open University Summer Schools.

Teaching activity

 I currently teach or supervise on:

  • PY1124 Research methods and statistics
  • PY1129 Introduction to psychology
  • PY2238 Psychological Research Methods
  • PY3356 Final year project
  • PY4030 Advanced Statistics
  • PY4010 Mini projects
  • Psychology placement year