Supervisors: Dr Elizabeth Sheppard, Dr Ian Stephen, Prof Peter Mitchell
For my research I use eye-tracking methodologies to investigate how adolescents with autism perceive faces. In social situations, attention to the face enables an individual to extract vital information about the bearers, such as a person’s emotional state and facial familiarity. However, individuals with autism, who have difficulty processing emotional and social information, tend to avoid eye contact and do not attend to faces, which may result in a failure to process and encode visual information in a typical pattern.
I aim to examine how individuals with autism identify facial expressions and recognise faces by tracking sequences of eye fixations to identify the extraction patterns that observers use to encode and interpret visual information.
Tan, C. B. Y., Stephen, I. D., Whitehead, R., Sheppard, E. (2012). You Look Familiar: How Malaysian Chinese Recognize Faces. PLoS ONE 7(1), e29714.