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Department of Cognitive Science

Cogntive Science Alumni

Shahd Al-Janabi

Shahd Al-Janabi

Thesis Details

Constraints on attentional orienting by symbolic and abrupt onset cues as revealed through masking.

Eye gaze following is vital for smooth social interactions as it can indicate sources of threat, underlying attitudes, points of interest and so on. As such, itís not so surprising that infants begin to follow another personís gaze from 4 months of age. Given the early development of this gaze following ability, my research is concerned with investigating whether the capacity to follow eye-gaze information is automatic (innate) or top-down (learnt). To investigate this question, we ask, can gaze following occur when the gaze information is non-conscious? If so, is gaze following under non-conscious conditions driven by similar mechanisms to gaze following under conscious conditions? Further, do the same neural underpinnings govern non-concious and conscious gaze following? We investigate these research questions using both behavioural (response latency) measures and electroencephalography (EEG).

  • Type: PhD
  • Scholarship : Other
  • Supervisors : Associate Professor Matthew Finkbeiner and Dr Paul Sowman