SoFI seminar series

  • 15 March 2017
  • 4.00PM - 6.00PM
  • Public event: No
  • Booking required: Yes
  • CL1.01 Clarendon Building

Speaker Dr Chris Wilson

Chair Professor Paul van Schaik

Title Making sense of reflexive attentional interference.

Abstract
The presence of an 'other' in our visual scene can interfere with our ability to report what we see by momentarily shifting our attention. Interest in reflexive attentional interference has intensified in recent years because the cueing of visual attention is commonly used as social-cognitive and developmental measure of perspective-taking ability and the ability to infer someone else's mental state.

However, there is continued debate on what causes this interference, with contrasting views as to whether social or visual perceptual factors are responsible for the effect.

This talk describes a series of studies which challenge the social model of interference and suggest that perceptual features of the 'other' moderate the effect.

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Contact information

Name: Barbara Cox
T: 01642 342346
E: b.cox@tees.ac.uk

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