Area of Concentration

Experiencing The World

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What role do emotions play in our lives? How do we experience (& respond to) threats and pain? What sights and sounds capture our attention and why? How and when do children develop the ability to inhibit habitual patterns of thought and behaviour, and how does this ‘control’ affect their experience in the world? What role does informational feedback play in promoting the uptake of eco-friendly behaviours, and how can we optimise that feedback for positive change? How do we understand the actions of others, and how we move from sensory perception to goal-oriented behaviour?

Some of the specific lines of inquiry that you’ll find addressed in this area of concentration include:

Our unique approach to understanding our place in the world leverages an interdisciplinary programme of research, which benefits from the use of multi-methodological strategies.

Some of the methodologies and facilities employed by our researcher focused on ‘experiencing the world’ include eye-tracking equipment, a ‘Babylab’, and a well-equipped cognitive perception lab.

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