One of the main functions of visual processing is to quickly sort information into useful categories in order to guide adaptive behavior. My research on animacy perception focuses on the ways in which simple visual cues cause us to automatically see objects as alive. I have recently been interested in the following:

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Animacy & Action

Animate-looking shapes influence goal-directed behavior, even when they're completely task-irrelevant!

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The 'Units' of Perceived Animacy

The visual system makes important assumptions about what can and cannot be alive.

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Animacy & Memory

Animate stimuli are remembered differently!

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