Dr Abigail Webb

  • Research Associate (Psychology)

Research interests

Abigail joined the Face Syntax Lab as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in October, 2021. Abigail completed her PhD in 2019 at the University of Essex, where her research explored facial emotion perception using a variety of psychophysical and behavioural methods, with a particular focus on the role of low-level versus affective properties thought to underpin perceptual (and visual) biases during facial emotion processing.

Abigail's research has addressed questions including (i) image-based, or low level image properties related to facial emotion perception, (ii) how such qualities naturally differ between faces, (iii) the extent to which they can be influenced by image processing techniques, (iv) and how perceptual biases can be differently observed across experimental paradigms (backward-masking, binocular rivalry, saccadic eye movements, perceptual matching, image analysis). In 2020, Abigail was a recipient of the Economic and Social Research Council's (SeNSS strand) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. The aim of this project was to explore the perception of realistic 3D facial displays of emotion, and it's implications for stimulus efficacy. Abigail is now continuing to explore this approach at the Face Syntax Lab, at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Glasgow.

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