I completed my MA and PhD at the University of British Columbia, working in Dr. Alan Kingstone’s Brain, Attention & Reality Lab. There, I studied social attention, which encompasses both how we pay attention to other people and how our visual attention is influenced by others. I often used eye tracking to study social attentional effects within both traditional lab-based tasks and within more naturalistic (i.e. real life) environments.
I joined the Brain and Mind Institute in 2016, working with Dr. Goodale and Dr. Culham. Here, I have expanded my research to explore how action production is influenced by social intentions, i.e. making movements around and with others. Here, I have been using motion and eye tracking as well as fMRI methodologies.
An overarching goal of my research programs is to better understand how people behave in natural, social settings. In so doing, I believe we need to compare behaviour that is measured using more traditional single-person cognitive and neuroscience paradigms to how people behave in everyday environments when working around and with other people. This will help us to refine theories of attention and action to better predict human behaviour.
I have been a postdoc in the Goodale lab since July 2017. I am interested in how objects and object categories are represented in the brain, with particular focus on the ventral visual stream organization. The techniques I've used to explore these topics include representational similarity analysis of fMRI and MEG data, as well as behavioral methods. Before coming to Western, I did my PhD in Rovereto, Italy, working with Marius Peelen at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC).