Dr. Elina Birmingham

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education

Research Interests

My overarching goal is to understand the real-world implications of how we attend to and perceive information about other people. To this end, I focus on the study of fairly specific processes at the individual level; social attention (attending to other people and their mental states) and social perception (interpreting people’s emotional and mental states), with the aim of understanding relationships between these and other variables that may be affecting everyday social outcomes. I use a variety of methodologies, including eye tracking, observational studies, studies of face perception, and qualitative methods, to conceptualize how children, youth, and adults, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), engage in social practices in everyday contexts.

My research is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada.

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