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?



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

Our eye-tracker is here! The lab will undergo a 2-day training session on all things Eyelink on September 19th/20th.

Welcome to all the new members of the VASP lab! Here's to an exciting inaugural year.