Welcome to the
Developmental Social Vision Lab at Bangor University



About our research:

The goal of our research is to understand the cognitive and neural architecture of social perception and its origins in both typical and atypical development. As such, our work spans three areas:

Social perception in autism
Is there a general deficit in social perception in autism? 
If so, is it a result of more general perceptual or attentional differences?
What differences in brain structure or function underlie social cognition differences in autism?

Changes in the social perception system across development: 
How does the remarkable human ability for face recognition develop?
At what point is it fully mature?
How do face and body selective cortical regions change across development?

The functional organization of social perception in typical adults:
 
Is the perception of social interaction a unique cognitive function?
How do we perceive "animacy" in the brain?
How is functional selectivity related to structural connectivity within the "social brain"?

We use
behavioral and eye-tracking paradigms, visual psychophysics and both structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in individuals with developmental disorders as well as typical children and adults.