I study split-second social perception, primarily how we use facial cues to categorize other people into social groups, perceive their emotion, and infer their personality. My lab and I treat social perception as fundamentally dynamic, examining how visual processes may be shaped by stereotypes and biases, prior knowledge and beliefs, and other aspects of social cognition. We use several brain and behavior-based techniques to study the interplay of visual and social processes in perceptual and interpersonal decisions, including the roles of specific facial features, social context, and individual differences. We’re additionally interested in how initial perceptions influence downstream behavior and real-world outcomes. We take an integrative and multi-level approach in examining these phenomena, incorporating insights across social psychology and the cognitive, vision, and neural sciences. To do so, our studies use a range of methodologies, including neuroimaging, real-time behavioral techniques (mouse-tracking), computational modeling, and electrophysiology.
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