Friday, 6 April 2012

Dr. Richard Ramsey
School of Psychology
Bangor University

In broad terms, Richard Ramsey's research examines how the human brain processes dynamic social information from the environment, such as other people's actions, eye-gaze, knowledge and beliefs in order to coordinate behaviour. To do so, he uses a variety of methods, which include behavioural measures of performance (e.g., reaction times and error rates) and state-of-the-art functional brain imaging techniques (e.g., repetition suppression, multi-voxel pattern analysis and connectivity analysis). Recent lines of investigation have focussed on a number of different questions, which aim to examine the cognitive and brain systems that underpin our ability to understand the actions and mental states of other people. These include: How does the identity or knowledge-state of another person shape the perception of their actions? How are the actions of human and non-human agents (e.g., robots and animated shapes) processed in the brain? What cognitive and brain systems are involved in taking another person's perspective? How is the perception of other people's eye-gaze coordinated in the brain and how does another person's gaze-direction influence one's own imitative behaviour?


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