OVERVIEW OF PROJECTS
Here you can find a brief overview of all the projects we have ongoing or completed, as well as prospective future projects. If you would like to get involved with any of these please do not hesitate to contact us.
AGEING AND GAZE FOLLOWING
January - May, 2018
Both young and old participants are asked to complete a typical gaze following task that uses photographs of faces and schematic representations of faces looking to the left or to the right. During the task, participant's eyes are tracked in order to identify different viewing strategies towards the presented faces, or eye movement errors as a result of in-congruent gaze signals, between young and old participants.
THE ROLE OF WORKING MEMORY AND AGE EFFECTS
To be arranged
Gaze following is understood to be an automatic and reflexive process. Despite this, older participants don't tend to follow gaze like young participants. If older participants are managing to inhibit gaze following, then increasing their cognitive workload will make such inhibition more difficult. Dual tasks are often used to increase cognitive load, requiring participants to complete two tasks simultaneously.
THE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL FAMILIARITY
To be arranged
Socioemotional selectivity theory predicts that older adults will show increased gaze following for people they know compared to strangers. However, for younger participants this effect would be much smaller. Usually in gaze following experiments participants only see pictures of strangers, generated from standardised databases. Therefore, for this experiment we would need to create images of people that the participants know and interact with regularly that we could then present to them during the experiment.