|Antonia Hamilton's lab for Social Cognition|
Interacting with other people draws on a variety of different skills and processes. The Hamilton lab studies the underlying mechanisms of social interaction, and whether these develop differently in individuals with autism spectrum condition.
Our research spans many domains and questions:
Social - how do people interact with other people, in particular nonverbal interaction and hand actions?
Cognitive - what are the information processing mechanisms involved in social interaction?
Developmental - how does social cognition develop over childhood and why does this development sometimes go wrong?
Motor - how do we move in response to others, interacting as well as perceiving?
Neuroscience - what brain systems and connections are involved in social interaction?
We carry out neuroimaging studies as well as behavioural and eyetracking studies of both children and adults. We also invite individuals with autism to participate in some studies, because we are interested in the different ways that different people process social information. All our research has a strong theoretical focus on the basic mechanisms of non-verbal social information processing. Together, these studies draw inspiration from and have an impact on research in social and developmental psychology, neuroscience, robotics and the philosophy of mind.
More details of our research and publications are available via the links on the left. The Hamilton lab also provides a tutorial in Matlab for psychologists to help researchers learn computer programming.
Workshop & mailing list
We hosted a workshop on Virtual Social Interaction in September 2014 at UCL. This brought together researchers in social and developmental neuroscience and computer science to find out how social interactions work and how VR can help us understand them. To follow-up, we now run a mailing list for sharing information / jobs / announcements relevant to virtual interactions. Do join if you are interested.
Our work is funded by:
The Hamilton lab is part of:
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, Alexandra House, 17 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AR
a.hamilton - at - ucl.ac.uk
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, Alexandra House, 23 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AR a.hamilton - at - ucl.ac.uk