Health Sciences

Emotion Recognition, Lie Detection and Social Cognition: Changes Across the Adult Lifespan

Start Date: 16th Oct 2013 4:00pm
Description: Distinguished Visiting Research Fellowship Professor Ted Ruffman will present on Emotion Recognition, Lie Detection and Social Cognition: Changes Across the Adult Lifespan during his visit in October.

Professor Ruffman works in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Professor Ruffman's research interests include theory of mind (ToM) across the human lifespan, particularly in how children acquire a ToM and on how emotion recognition and ToM changes in old age. More recently, he's been examining dogs' understanding of human emotional expressions.His visit is hosted by Professor Peter Rendell's Cognition and Emotion Research Lab with the School of Psychology.

Presentation Overview

The focus will be on the way emotional stimuli are processed in older adults. Professor Ruffman will explain how emotion may be processed via both conscious and unconscious routes, and will also look at the brain ageing hypothesis and how the administration of oxytocin can be used to improve emotion recognition. He will also present research examining computer detection of the facial action units (FACs) underlying lying, that is, the facial areas that signal lying in a group of (a) laypersons and (b) celebrities (e.g. Bill Clinton, Marion Jones).

Details

Date: Wednesday 16 October 2013
Presentation: 4pm
Venue: Mercy Lecture Theatre (17 Young St, Fitzroy), ACU Melbourne Campus
Welcome Reception: 5:30pm
Venue: Rooftop Garden, The Daniel Mannix Building, ACU Melbourne Campus
RSVP: By Thursday 3 October
Contact: Kathryn Biernacki on kathryn.biernacki@acu.edu.au or 9953 3747

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