I am interested in understanding how the brain processes what we see and how this can be used to understand physical and mental health. I (typically) use psychophysical methodology to investigate this. I have a number of research interests including motion perception, depth perception (from disparity) and more recently emotion recognition.
I am interested in understanding the importance of visual signals in emotion recognition. For example, to what extent is an advantage for recognition of positive emotion over negative emotion due to the visual properties of the image, or the affect conveyed? I am also interested in understanding whether emotion recognition from faces can be used as an indicator of health and wellbeing. I am currently developing this approach to measure emotion recognition in people with Parkinson’s disease and in Veterans. For more information please see the project websites.