Social, Cognitive and Affective neuroscience
Communication and social interactions are an essential part of human activities. Understanding how humans communicate and exchange social information is thus not only important in itself, but could help to understand and hopefully treat disorders of social interactions. For example, Dr. Atkinson uses neuroimaging (fMRI) to study the neural processes involved in the visual perception of social stimuli (faces, bodies, interacting objects). These advanced analysis methods allow us to study how brain regions interact when processing social information and how our percepts are reflected in brain activation.