Steven Luke, Assistant Professor

Department: Psychology



Office: 1062 KMBL

Phone: 801-422-5978



  • PhD in Educational Psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
  • MS in Educational Psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008
  • BA in Psychology and Russian from Brigham Young University, 2003

Research Interests

I use eye-tracking and other methods (MRI, EEG) to investigate:

• The interaction of visual and linguistic processing, especially as it relates to reading.

• The cortical networks underlying vision, attention, language, reading, and the interaction of these processes.

• The influence of context and task on reading, visual word recognition, and other visual processing.

• Individual differences in and the development of language processing and eye movement control.

• Using eye movements in cognitive assessment and the diagnosis of clinical and neurological disorders.

Recent Publications

  • Russell, N. C., South, M., Lundwall, R., & Luke, S. (2019). Not So Fast: Autistic Traits and Anxious Apprehension in Real-World Visual Search. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
  • Luke, S., & Stephenson, K. G. (2019). Sensory sensitivity as a mechanism for emotional and psychophysiological arousal in a cross-clinical sample of autistic and non-autistic anxious adults. Frontiers in Psychiatry: Child and Adolescent PsychiatryDOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00783.
  • Stephenson, K. G., Luke, S., & South, M. (2019). Separate Contributions of Autistic Traits and Anxious Apprehension, But Not Alexithymia, To Emotion Processing in Faces. Autism.
  • Luke, S. (2018). Influences on and Consequences of Parafoveal Preview in Reading.. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 80(7), 1675-1682.
  • Luke, S., & Asplund, A. (2018). Prereaders’ eye movements during shared storybook reading are language-mediated but not predictive.. Visual Cognition, 26, 351-365.
  • Luke, S. (2018). The Provo Corpus: A Large Eye-Tracking Corpus with Predictability Ratings.. Behavior Research Methods, 50, 826-833.
  • Carter, B. T., & Luke, S. (2018). Individuals’ eye movements in reading are highly consistent across time and trial.. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 44(3), 482-492.
  • Luke, S. (2017). Evaluating significance in linear mixed-effects models in R.. Behavior Research Methods, 49, 1494-1502.
  • Luke, S. (2016). Limits on Lexical Prediction during Reading.. Cognitive Psychology, 88, 22-60.
  • Luke, S. (2016). The Influence of Content Meaningfulness on Eye Movements across Tasks: Evidence from Scene Viewing and Reading.. Frontiers in Psychology, 7.
  • Luke, S. G. (2015). Predicting inflectional morphology from context.. Language, Cognition & Neuroscience, 30, 735-748.
  • Luke, S. G. (2014). Dissociating temporal inhibition of return and saccadic momentum across multiple eye-movement tasks.. Journal of Vision, 14, 9.
  • Luke, S. G. (2013). Eye movement control in scene viewing and in reading: Evidence from a stimulus onset delay paradigm.. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance(39), 10-15.
  • , S. (2013). Oculomotor and cognitive control of eye movements during reading: Evidence from mindless reading.. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics(75), 1230-1245.
  • Luke, S. G. (2013). SPaM: A combined self-paced reading and masked-priming paradigm.. Behavior Research Methods(45), 143-150.
  • Luke, S. G. (2013). Temporal oculomotor inhibition of return and spatial facilitation of return in a visual encoding task.. Frontiers in Psychology(4:400).
  • Luke, S. G. (2012). Semantic predictability eliminates the transposed-letter effect.. Memory & Cognition(40), 628–641.
  • Luke, S. G. (2011). Stem and whole-word frequency effects in the processing of inflected verbs in and out of a sentence context.. Language and Cognitive Processes(26), 1173-1192.