Past Projects

last updated: 15th June, 2017

Web-based communication and collaboration:  Online conversations are fundamentally different from face to face interactions. In a video call, social perceptions are affected by more than just body language—factors that don’t exist in face-to-face conversations, such as internet connectivity and video quality, can influence how others perceive you. A contributing factor may be misattribution of the source of perceptual fluency. We’re working with the DeGroote School of Business to investigate how variables such as camera placement, eye gaze, and audiovisual asynchrony can affect video-based interview judgments and decision-making.

To investigate these questions, we’ve created a large set of video stimuli. These videos are brief (<30s) answers to typical job interview questions, recorded from 4 different cameras: three in an arc in front of the actress, and one positioned to the side. Each interview question was performed three times: one take in which actress was looking at the top, middle, or bottom camera. These videos allow us to independently manipulate eye gaze and camera angle, while also addressing questions related to audio/video quality.


Self and social cognition: We study self-concept from a social-cognitive perspective, using implicit measures (e.g. Implicit Association Test) to determine the cognitive organization of self-concept. We have examined how new person representations are related to self concept during social interactions and how this cognitive organization may bias further perception. We are also interested in the processes involved in developing psychological feelings of ownership, and in the link between long-term and recently acquired owned objects and the self.

Self-esteem:  High self-esteem has been linked to a number of positive outcomes, including subjective well-being, increased academic performance, and healthy social relationships. Conversely, low self-esteem has been linked to socially destructive outcomes including relationship dysfunction, hostility, and drug abuse. In light of this, we seek to understand the underlying neural processes that lead to these behavioural differences. We use a combination of behavioural and electrophysiological methods to understand the cognitive control mechanisms involved in high vs. low self-esteem individuals.