Laboratory for Attention and Social Cognition

I'm currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory for Attention and Social Cognition run by Dr. Jelena Ristic at McGill University.

One line of my research examines how perceiving another person's facial features (e.g. eyes, nose, mouth) can impact socioemotional processes that facilitate social interactions. In particular, I am looking at how these processes may be impacted by face feature occlusion, like in the case of face masks, which occlude the mouth and nose. My goal is to understand how masks impact social interactions and provide strategies to improve masked communication.

Another line of my research examines factors that impact gaze cuing, the phenomenon where we spontaneously orient our attention towards where others are looking.  Not only am I interested in factors that modulate gaze cuing, but also in how gaze cuing impacts other facets of cognition like temporal perception.

Finally, I have begun exploring the impact of editing face features in social media posts. This includes investigating whether we make different personal attributions about others if we know they've edited their photos or not.

Check out more research going on in the lab here!

A fun poem I wrote with the help of ChatGPT and some lab mates to highlight the cool research going on in the A&SC Lab!

Face Processing and Social Cognition Lab

I completed my Masters and Doctoral research in the Face Processing and Social Cognition Lab, run by Dr. Roxane Itier at the University of Waterloo. My research used eye-tracking and electroencephalography (EEG) to answer questions about how gaze direction influences that way we perceive and respond to faces.

My Masters research investigated how the situational context in which we view faces interacts with their eye-gaze to modulate face processing.

My Ph.D. research characterized the link between eye-gaze, theory of mind and empathy. I also developed a separate line of research examining how gaze and emotional expressions interact to orient an observer’s attention to a gazed-at location.

Check out current research from this lab here!

Research Funding

11/2022-11/2023   GW Stairs Grant (Institutional)

McGill University,

Overcoming social barriers created by face masks

Co-applicant: Jelena Ristic


09/2022-09/2024   NSERC PDF Postdoctoral Fellowship (National)

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada


09/2021-09/2022    NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience Postdoctoral Fellowship (National)

 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada,

09/2017 – 08/2020 President's Graduate Scholarship (Institutional)

                                          University of Waterloo,


09/2015 – 08/2020 Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship for Science and Technology (Provincial)

                                          Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities,

Academic Awards and Distinctions

09/2015 -08/2016    Graduate Scholarship (Institutional)

University of Waterloo


04/2016                        Best Poster Award (Institutional)

Graduate Discovery Conference


09/2014                        Arts Graduate Experience Award (Institutional)

University of Waterloo,         


09/2013                        Senate Scholarship (Institutional)

McMaster University,


09/2010                        Honors Award, Level 2 (Institutional)

McMaster University,


09/2010                        Queen Elizabeth II Aiming for the Top Scholarship (Provincial)

Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities,

Event Related Potential (ERP) Data Processing

Fitting a Participant with an EEG Cap

Presenting Research