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Dr Liz Moores

Senior Lecturer in Psychology 
Liz Moores
Associate Dean of Taught Programmes: Development and Recruitment
Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

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

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 Theme

 Vision, Hearing and Language

Research Centre

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)  

 
 Profile  Publications  Presentations Qualifications and Education  Employment   Teaching  

Profile

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.

Publications

Moores, E., Tsouknida, E. and Romani, C. (submitted). Adults with dyslexia can use cues to orient and constrain attention but have a smaller and weaker attentional spotlight.

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.

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

Presentations

September 2007. Rochelle, K.S.H., Reddy, P. and Moores, E. (2007). Competencies, employability, reflective learning, scholarship and personal development: Issues in Psychology undergraduate learning and teaching. Paper at The 15th Improving Student Learning Symposium, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 3–5 September 2007.

July 2007. Rochelle, K.S.H., Reddy, P. and Moores, E. (2007). Employability, life-long learning and competencies at work and in recruitment: Implications for UK Psychology undergraduate learning and teaching.Paper at Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) conference, Adelaide, July 2007.

September 2006. Reddy, P. and Moores, E. (2006). Embedding a placement year within the psychology curriculum to enhance learning and employability and develop self awareness, reflective practice and generic competencies. Poster at the 14th Improving Student Learning Symposium, University of Bath, 4-6 September 2006.

June 2006. Bicknell, A., Moores, E., Reddy, P., Richards, I. and Witton, C. (2006). Potential, Personalityand Prediction in Widening Participation: Progress on a risk assessment approachto increasing access without unfairly raising aspirations. Poster at the 3rd. Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference, York St. John University College, 27-29 June 2006.

March 06. Beyond the Homunculus: Attention as effect. Invited Seminar Speaker, University of Sunderland.

November 05. Moores, E. Audiences and Attention: An investigation of Social Influence and Perceptual Load.Invited Seminar Speaker, University of Kent at Canterbury.

September 05. Moores, E. Beyond the homunculus: attention is attracted by items in working memory regardless of their utility. Paper presented at the BPS Cognitive Section Conference, Leeds.

July 2005 Richards, I., Bicknell, A., Moores, E., Reddy, P. and Witton, C. (2005). Potential to succeed: Dyslexia, Higher Education and Employment. Poster presented at 3rd International Multilingualism & Dyslexia Conference: 'Multilingual & Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Dyslexia'. Limassol, Cyprus 14-16 July 2005.

April 04:� Identifying Potential to Succeed: Improving the recruitment and retention of students with non-traditional qualifications and access routes in HE. Bicknell, A.,Hughes, N., Richards, I., Witton, C., Moores, E., Reddy, P. and Talcott, J. Poster presented at the 2nd Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference, Glasgow.

April 04: An analysis of the benefits of a sandwich placement year in a psychology degree. Reddy, P. and Moores, E. Paper presented at the 2nd Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference, Glasgow.

March 04: Deficits in Dyslexia: Barking up the wrong tree? Moores. Poster at Sixth British Dyslexia Association International Conference, Warwick.

Sep 03: Audiences and Attention: An Investigation of Social Influence and Perceptual Load. Hazelhurst and Moores. Poster at BPS conference, 4th September 2003, Reading.

Sep 01: Do Associations in Long-Term Memory Influence the Deployment of Selective Attention Across Visual Arrays? Poster at ESCOP/BPS conference: 6 September 2001, Edinburgh.

Sep. 99: ‘Attentional Deficits in Dyslexia: Evidence for an Automatisation Deficit?’. Moores, Nicolson and Fawcett. Paper presented at British Psychological Society Cognitive Section Meeting, York.

Sep. 99: ‘Sustained Attention to Response Task: a role for attention, automaticity or response inhibition?’ Moores, Andrade and Hunt. Poster presented at British Psychological Society Cognitive Section Meeting, York.

July 98: ‘Shifting Attention Deficits in Dyslexia?’ Paper presented at Parceval Hall Annual Working Memory Conference.

Sep. 97 : ‘Comparison of Dyslexic and Control Readers on a Shifting Attention Task’. Moores, Nicolson and Fawcett. Paper presented at 4th World Congress on Dyslexia, Macedonia, Greece.

Sep. 97:‘Dyslexic Adults Can Control Vergence Angle During Saccades’. Moores, Frisby, Buckley, Nicolson, Fawcett and Reynolds. Poster presented at 4th World Congress on Dyslexia, Macedonia, Greece.

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

Employment

  • 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

 

 

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