Perception Laboratory


Welcome to the Perception Lab. Our laboratory investigates questions on human visual perception using a variety of techniques including psychophysics and multi-channel EEG. Our research on ‘social cognition’ investigates the perceptual and cognitive processes that underlie our ability to understand others’ actions and intentions and to communicate our own. We investigate the representation of biological motion, faces, bodies and hand gestures with a view to understanding how these processes might be compromised in disorders such as autism (ASD) that are characterized by anomalous social functioning.

Current Research

Our current research looks at adults’ ability to discern where another person is attending using a naturalistic task in which participants look at another person pointing to objects in a room and indicate which of a number of objects they are pointing to. If you would like to participate in one of our pointing experiments, are 18 years of age or older and a student at UCD, please contact Sarah at We are recruiting participants throughout Semesters 1 and 2 starting end August 2016