Ph.D. (Psychology) - The University of Queensland
Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Member of the American Psychological Association (APA)
International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE)
My primary area of interest is the relationship between social and emotional function, and human eye-gaze behaviour. I'm currently using eye-tracking technology to research variation in eye-gaze patterns to live-action facial expressions of emotion. I'm also exploring the construct of emotion within AI, and human emotional response to emotional robots.
Summary of Interests:
Cowan, D.G., Vanman, E.J., & Nielsen, M. (2014). Motivated empathy: The mechanics of the empathic gaze. Cognition and Emotion, 28(8), 1522-1530. doi:10.1080/02699931.2014.890563
Henry, J.D., Cowan, D.G., Lee. T., & Sachdev, P. (2015). A review of different methods of assessing social cognitive function in clinical settings. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 28(2), 133-140. doi: 10.1097/YCO.0000000000000139
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My research is primarily in the area of emotion. I am particularly interested in empathic response, and how how humans process facial expressions of emotion.
I use several methods to research emotional response, including eye-tracking, which can reveal how eye-gaze patterns to faces may relate to the quality of social interaction.
I am also interested in how patterns of social media usage by ourselves and those we connect with, can affect our empathic response and overall emotional state.
I am keen to work with motivated students who are interested in emotion research using eye-tracking techniques, and/ or are interested in how patterns of social media use/ overuse may affect empathic response.
In 2017 I will supervise two honours students. Broad thesis topics which can be expanded upon, may include - but are not limited to:
If you think these areas of research may interest you and you'd like to meet to discuss, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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