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?



The lab is undergoing renovations, and has expanded! Devon will be working in our temporary lab space on the 3rd floor while our lab undergoes a facelift. “After” pictures will be posted in a few months.

Congratulations to Nimrit Jhinjar! She has been awarded an Undergraduate Research award to work in Dr. Craig Chapman’s lab this summer!

The Royce-Harder Research Conference was a success! Kaitlynn, Nimrit and Sara did a fantastic job presenting their Honours thesis work. See them ‘in action’ on the Lab News and Events page.

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!