'Gaze and mimicry in social interaction'

Frankland 305
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Tuesday 27th October 2015 (13:00-14:00)
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Part of the Social Cognitive Neuroscience and Development Group Seminar Series

Speaker: Antonia Hamilton, University College London

Direct gaze is a powerful social cue with many different influences on human behaviour.  Here I review how gaze interacts with other social behaviours such as imitation and social decision making.  I present data from a series of studies on typical and autistic children and adults which test how gaze cues are valued and used as part of social behaviour.  Methods include live interactions, virtual reality and fMRI data to provide a neurocognitive model of the links between gaze and mimicry.  I will try to draw these ideas together into a model that emphasises the social meaning of gaze and the integration of different cues in producing flexible social behaviour.