Department of Psychology

Dr. Hiroko Sotozaki

Hiroko Sotozaki, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
107 Waggoner Hall
Work: 309/298-1593
Fax: 309/298-2179

Additional Information


Dr. Sotozaki studied Cognitive Psychology at Carleton University, Canada. She received her BA, MA and Ph.D. at Carleton University. Her dissertation was entitled, “The Involvement of Interhemispheric Interaction in Developmental Dyslexia”.

Teaching Areas:

Dr. Sotozaki teaches at all levels (100, 200, 400, including a graduate seminar class). She enjoys teaching Cognitive Processes (PSY456) and Child Development (PSY221-Face-To-Face and Online) as well as introductory Psychology (PSY100).

Research Interests:

Dr. Sotozaki’s research has focused on language, reading and emotions from the perspective of laterality, i.e., how differently the left and right brains process and integrate external information. Particularly, she is interested in dyslexia and alexithymia. General research questions would include: Why is reading easy for some people and isn’t for others? Are there good programs for children with reading difficulty? Is phonological processing essential in non-alphabetical languages such as Japanese? Dr. Sotozaki uses behavioral measurements (reaction time and accuracy) including eye tracking via the GP3/Gazepoint system.

Recent Scholarly Activities:

Sotozaki, H., Trich, W. A., Sizemore, S. J., Dunterman, R., A. & Lebed, A. (May, 2016). How are naming speed, attention and reading ability related? Investigated by the Rapid Automatized Naming Task (RAN), visual search task and Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST) using an eye tracker. The Association for Psychological Science (APS), Chicago.

Sotozaki, H., Kopatich, R. D., Roth, Z. C., MIlligan, J. B., Zam, L. K., Sunami, N., & McFadden, S. L. (May, 2015). Advantages of intrahemspheric processing and interhemispheric processing in simple and complex reading tasks using event-related potentials (ERPs). The Association for Psychological Science (APS), New York City.