Spatiotemporal determinants of referential attention

sukhi shergill (primary)
School of Academic Psychiatry
Isabelle Mareschal      (secondary)
Queen Mary University of London


Understanding when you are the focus of another’s attention is critical for survival and underlies successful social interactions. All animals, including humans, determine this by decoding information from multiple cues (e.g another’s head direction, body pose, facial expression, etc..) into a single estimate that reliably indicates the other’s focus of attention. Here we will measure the spatial and temporal resolution of cue information underlying referential attention using behavioural methods, and will uncover the brain circuits involved in this functionality to develop a biologically motivated model of referential attention.


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