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Keith Rayner (psychologist)

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Keith Rayner
Rayner at UCSD in 2011
BornJune 20, 1943
Dover, England
DiedJanuary 21, 2015 (aged 71)[3][4]
San Diego, California, United States
Alma materBachelor of Science, Master of Science at University of Utah;
Ph.D. from Cornell University
Known forCognitive Psychology, Eyetracking, Reading, Visual Perception
Scientific career
FieldsCognitive Psychology
InstitutionsUniversity of California, San Diego
Atkinson Professor of Psychology[1][2]

Keith Rayner (June 20, 1943 – January 21, 2015) was a cognitive psychologist best known for pioneering modern eye-tracking methodology in reading and visual perception.[5]


Rayner obtained his B.S. and M.S. in psychology at the University of Utah and subsequently obtained his Ph.D. from Cornell University with thesis titled The Perceptual Span and Peripheral Cues in Reading. In 1973, he was appointed as an assistant professor of education, psychology, and visual science at University of Rochester. From there, he moved to the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1978. In 2008, Rayner moved to University of California, San Diego, where he held the position of Atkinson Family Professor of Psychology.[6] Rayner was the editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition from 1990 to 1995 and editor of Psychological Review from 2004 to 2010.

Honors and awards[edit]

Rayner has received numerous awards for his achievements. In particular, he received the University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006,[7] the Bartlett Lecture Lifetime Achievement Award from the Experimental Psychology Society in 2007,[8] an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award in 2009,[9] and a UC San Diego Chancellor’s Associates Research Award in 2010.[10] Rayner was named Carnegie Centenary Professor for 2011 by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.[11]


Rayner taught at the following universities:


  1. ^ "Keith Rayner". psychology.ucsd.edu. Archived from the original on March 20, 2012.
  2. ^ "Rayner Lab".
  3. ^ Keith Rayner. forevermissed.com
  4. ^ Keith Rayner. legacy.com
  5. ^ Rayner, K. (1998). "Eye movements in reading and information processing: 20 years of research". Psychological Bulletin. 124 (3): 372–422. CiteSeerX doi:10.1037/0033-2909.124.3.372. PMID 9849112.
  6. ^ Rayner Eyetracking Lab. raynerlab.ucsd.ed
  7. ^ Awards. umass.edu
  8. ^ Administrator. "Sir Frederic Bartlett Lectures: 1966–2015". eps.ac.uk.
  9. ^ "Division of Social Sciences". ucsd.edu.
  10. ^ "Faculty Excellence Awards". ucsd.edu.
  11. ^ "Stories in School of Social Sciences".