The Visual Attention and Social Processes (VASP) Lab


I am interested in the what, when, who, and how behind social attention processes. Specifically, 

What is social attention? Is it different from attention to everything else (and why would we think it would be?)

When do we pay attention to social information? What circumstances, situations, etc lead to prioritizing social attention? What happens in certain vs uncertain environments? In groups, how do we decide which person(s) to pay most attention to?

Who prioritizes social attention? Babies? Various patient groups?

How do we pay attention to social information? i.e., what are the underlying neural, genetic and epigenetic processes that subserve social attention? Does reward/motivation play a key role? If so, how?



Come join the lab at the Royce-Harder Research Conference April 4th and 5th! Kaitlynn, Nimrit and Sara will be presenting their Honours thesis work. They should be proud of all of their hard work this year.

Congratulations to Devon Heath! She has been awarded the WCHRI Student Summership to work in the VASP lab this summer, investigating the link between disordered eating and social cognition!

Congratulations to Sara Sylvestre! She has been accepted to attend the York CVR-Vista Vision Science Summer School in Toronto Ontario. Bravo!

New paper out! Hayward, Fenerci, & Ristic 2018 - do autism traits relate to nonsocial visual processing bias? Read further to find out…