Welcome to the Social Attention Research Group (SARG) at Simon Fraser University!
Our research examines how children, adolescents, and adults attend to and interpret social information. In addition, we examine how mechanisms of social attention and perception operate differently in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Our research uses a variety of methodologies, including behavioural measures of face perception, eye tracking studies of scene perception, automated analysis of facial expressions, and observations of social attention as people interact in the real world. A central goal is to determine the role of mechanisms of attention and perception in the development of real world social competence. Recent work is also examining how sensory issues associated with ASD, like hypersensitivity to sound, interfere with social and learning opportunities for children with ASD, and to find new technological solutions to address sound sensitivity.
Our research is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, and Kids Brain Health Network (KBHN).