Embodied Perception, Attention, Cognition &
|Our ability to recognize people we
know, understand the intent of their actions, and
interact successfully with the environment relies on our ability to
quickly understand the body positions of others relative
to the current positions of our own bodies. To interpret others’ actions and emotions,
we do not just evaluate visual inputs, we also use our own bodies and
|The goal of my research is to
understand the role that the body
plays in directing our perception and cognition. To develop a unified
understanding of how we represent the human body and its actions,
I and members of my lab
examine the relation between brain function and action using the tools
of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuropsychology, and functional
neuroimaging (EEG). Our studies
address questions such as these:
- How do we perceive the body postures of ourselves and others?
does body position and direction influence attention to
specific regions of space?
- How do our actions and experiences affect object
recognition and emotional processing?
- How do
visual, somatosensory, and action systems interact in the brain to
permit functional actions?
Please see my
Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
page for a more complete description.