Here you can find an overview of the lab members currently involved with the project.

Professor Louise Phillips

Louise is a current Chair in Psychology and Director of Research at the University of Aberdeen, school of Psychology. In addition she is the head of the Cognition research group and co-lead on the Social Cognition and Ageing project. Louise has over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles on the effects of adult ageing and neurodegenerative diseases on social, emotional and cognitive skills. As such she is uniquely qualified to lead the project and is invaluable as a member of the team.

Professor Ben Tatler

Ben is the co-ordinator for the Research Excellence Framework in the school of Psychology at the University of Aberdeen. He is also the head of the Active Vision lab and co-lead for the Social Cognition and Ageing project. Ben has published prolifically in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of eye tracking, vision and gaze cueing and is considered to be at the top of his field. Ben's input guides the technical, methodological and theoretical aspects of the project and ensures that each experiment produces the best data possible.

Dr Gillian Slessor

Gillian completed her PhD at the University of Aberdeen, using the same gaze following methods as in the current project. During her PhD she frequently published in peer-reviewed journals on the topic of gaze following and became a prominent name in the field. Gillian then spent some time working outside of academia before returning specifically to be part of the Social Cognition and Ageing team. Gillian is an expert on gaze following and social cognition, advising on experimental design, theory and analysis.

Dr Louisa Lawrie

Louisa completed her PhD at Aberdeen very recently and has joined onto the project alongside her role as a Research Fellow working in collaboration with teams in Malaysia. Louisa’s other project is looking at cross race gaze following effects. 

Mr Teodor Nikolov

Teddy is currently working on the social attention and ageing project alongside completing his Masters degree at the University of Aberdeen. As a research assistant he is responsible for data processing and participant testing; he presents a friendly and welcoming face to those taking part in our studies. 

Additional Project Members

Professor Julie Henry

Julie was involved in writing the project proposal and is currently on maternity leave. Julie is an expert on social and cognitive ageing based at the University of Queensland. She has been involved in multiple related projects as well as authoring book chapters and journal articles on social attention and ageing. 

Dr Sarah Grainger

Sarah will be spending eight weeks working at the University of Aberdeen on the Social Attention and Ageing project from June 2018. She is currently based at the University of Queensland and has authored several articles on social attention and ageing and will be able to provide a unique perspective on the current research. 

Dr Eunice Fernandes

During her PhD and as a postdoctoral researcher, Eunice has extensively used eye tracking methods to study language processing. More recently, she has extended her research using eye movements to age-related differences in visual search and visually-situated language production. She moved to Aberdeen to join the project as a Research Fellow who will contribute with her expertise on eye tracking data and analysis.

Dr Chris Luke

Chris originally moved to Aberdeen to work on the Dual Interactive Eye tracking with Virtual Anthropomorphic Avatars (DiVa) project before becoming part of the Social Cognition and Aging team. Chris is an expert in eye tracking methods and analysis having used them throughout his career. Although Chris has now left the University he is continuing to help the project, providing advice when necessary.   

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