Key Professional Appointments

ProfessorBeckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1989 - present

ProfessorDepartments of Educational Psychology and Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1978 - present


Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, Stanford University, 1966

M.S., Psychology, Brigham Young University, 1961

B.S., Psychology, Brigham Young University, 1960

Awards, Honors, Associations

Senior ScholarCollege of Education, 

Outstanding Scientific Contribution to the Study of ReadingSociety for the Scientific Study of Reading, 1995 - 1995

Fellowship, Fulbright Scholar ProgramTaiwanFulbright Program, 1998 - 1998

Research & Service

Past research has focused on understanding the real-time processes involved in reading and picture perception. This work has mainly been conducted using research methods based on the recording of eye movements.

My current research includes the following projects:

1. Cognition and Eye Movement Control during Reading. (UIUC Research Board grant). The goal of this project is to understand how cognitive processes influence eye behavior, so that eye movement data can be used more effectively in the study of cognition.

2. NSF-ITR: Multimodal Human Computer Interaction: Toward a Proactive Computer. (Tom Huang and McConkie, co-PI's) An interdisciplinary project (6 faculty members) investigating ways of giving computers more information about their users so the computers can be more proactive in helping children learn science. My part focuses on using eye movement information to indicate cognitive states (types of processing taking place, indications of processing difficulty, etc.)

3. Visual Attention in Speech Reading: Charissa Lansing, PI. We are using eye movement methods to study the visual cues that deaf people attend to in understanding spoken and signed language.

4. Gaze contingent multi-resolutional displays: (funded by Kodak). We are exploring the effects of visual displays in which only the region to which the gaze is directed is presented in high resolution, with lower resolution at more peripheral locations. This technique can reduce the computation and bandwidth requirements for displays; it also gives information about the nature of human visual perception and attention.

5. Dyslexia: In this research we are studying the use of eye movement data to indicate the processing level at which reading difficulties are being encountered.

I want to understand how cognitive processes are involved in the control of eye behavior, and, from that, just what information about cognition, attention and perception can be obtained from eye movement recording. Also, how this information can be used to increase the effectiveness of human-computer interaction and the identification of processing difficulties.


McConkie, G., & Loschky, L. (2003) Change blindness, Psychology of. Encyclopedia of cognitive science Nature Publishing Group: London

Loschky, L., & McConkie, G. (2002) Investigating spatial vision and dynamic attentional selection using a gaze-contingent multi-resolutional display. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied 8 (2), 99-117

Lansing, C., & McConkie, G.. Word identification and overt visual attention in visual and visual-plus-auditory presentations of spoken sentences Perception and Psychophysics

McConkie, G., & Yang, S.. How cognition affects Eye Movements during reading. The mind's eye: Cognitive and applied aspects of eye movement research Elsevier Science: Oxford, England

Tsai, J., & McConkie, G.. Where do Chinese readers Send their eyes?. [Title??]

Yang, S., & McConkie, G. (2001) Eye movements during reading: A theory of saccade initiation times Vision Research 41, 3567-3585

Yang, S., & McConkie, G.. Saccade generation during reading: Are words necessary? European Journal of Cognitive Psychology 16 (1-2), 226-261

Currie, C., McConkie, G., Carlson-Radvansky, L., & Irwin, D. (2000) The role of the saccade target object in the perception of a visually stable world Perception & Psychophysics 62 (4), 673-683

McConkie, G., & Dyre, B. (2000) Eye fixation durations in reading: Models of frequency distributions. Reading as a perceptual process Elsevier: Oxford

Vitu, F., & McConkie, G. (2000) Regressive saccades and word perception in adult reading. Reading as a perceptual process Elsevier: Oxford

Lansing, C., & McConkie, G. (1999) Attention to facial regions in segmental and prosodic visual speech perception tasks. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research 42 (3), 526-539


FellowChiang Ching-kuo Senior Fellowship, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, 1999 - 0


George McConkie

Professor Emeritus, Cognitive Science of Teaching and Learning



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