Research in the Social Cognition theme explores the full gamut of psychological processes that enable people to comprehend both themselves and others. Drawing from biological, psychological, and ecological frameworks, we study the neural, cognitive, emotional and social mechanisms that keep us in touch with the complexities of social life.


Key areas of interest include:

  • social-emotional attention and memory
  • social cognition and cultural evolution
  • person memory and being forgotten
  • social interaction and joint attention
  • consciousness, metacognition
  • interpersonal coordination and social interaction
  • person perception, stereotyping, self


Group members:

Professor Neil Macrae (theme leader)

Dr Margaret Jackson

Dr Douglas Martin

Dr Lynden Miles 

Dr Devin Ray

Dr Bert Timmermans