Welcome to the
Developmental Social Vision Lab at Bangor University
About our research:
goal of our research is to understand the cognitive and neural
architecture of social perception and its origins in both typical and
As such, our work spans three areas:
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?
in the social perception system across development:
How does the remarkable human ability for face
At what point is it fully mature?
How do face and body selective cortical regions change across development?
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.