[CaBSSem] TODAY: CABS Seminar Friday Mar 1 3:30-5:00: Emanuela Yeung (COR A228)

Clay Holroyd holroyd at uvic.ca
Fri Mar 1 09:08:12 PST 2019

A gentle reminder of today's CABS seminar. Hope to see you there!


This Friday the Department of Psychology Cognition and Brain Sciences Program features a talk by Emanuela Yeung, from the Department of Psychology (UVic). Emanuela's talk is titled: "Differentiating between perceptual and inferential processes in complex social understanding."

"Recent theories of social-cognitive development have generally focused on the development of “theory of mind” (ToM) between infancy and the preschool years; however, as some have argued, social understanding involves more than developing an inferential or conceptual understanding of ‘mind’ and continues beyond the early childhood years. In this talk, I will present preliminary findings from a study that aimed to broaden the scope of social cognition research by systematically evaluating the association between perceptual, motor, affective and conceptual processes in complex social understanding. I will present data from 102 older adolescents and adults (data collection with child participants is ongoing). Participants completed a battery of psychophysical and paper & pencil tasks designed to measure different aspects of social understanding, including perceptual, motor, and conceptual understanding. Motor and perceptual social understanding was operationalized as sensitivity to the kinematics of (social) actions as well as the affective or social components of movement. “Conceptual” or inferential understanding was operationalized as an explicit awareness of the mental states of others, typically assessed under the banner of “theory of mind”. Preliminary analyses showed that tasks that assessed perceptual social understanding were significantly correlated with one another. We argue that these findings support the idea social understanding comes in various forms and at different levels of awareness, which speaks to the complexity and variety of social understanding."

Seminar to be held on Friday Mar 1, 3:30-5:00, in COR A228 (the Reading Room; note the later starting time this semester). Everyone is welcome to attend. Arrive early to ensure a seat!

The seminar schedule can be found here:

Clay Holroyd
Seminar Coordinator​


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