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Michael Eskenazi

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Michael recently completed his doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology from Kent State University. He is a cognitive psychologist who studies the cognitive processes that underlie word identification during reading and individual differences between low skill and high skill readers. He is also interested in reading and literacy in special populations including blind and deaf readers.

Michael teaches cognitive psychology and memory at Stetson. His students have the chance to learn directly about research by participating in and designing experiments in class. He enjoys mentoring students in his eye-tracking and reading lab.


  • Ph.D., experimental psychology, Kent State University, 2016
  • M.A., experimental psychology, Towson University, 2011
  • B.A., psychology and Spanish, Quinnipiac University, 2009

Course Topics

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Memory in Everyday Life
  • Research Methods

Research Interests

  • Word identification during reading
  • Individual differences in reading skill 
  • Word learning during reading
  • Literacy in special populations


  • Eskenazi, M. A., & Folk, J. R. (2015). "Individual differences and word skipping: Evidence for linguistic and visual models, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition," 41(6), 1923-1928
  • Eskenazi, M. A. & Folk, J. R. (2015). "Fixated words and skipped words are processed differently during reading," Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 22(2), 537-542.
  • Folk, J. R., & Eskenazi, M. A., (2016). Eye Movements and Reading. In Was, C. A., Sansosti, F. J., & Morris, B. J. (Eds.), Eye Tracking Technology Applications in Educational Research. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.