Dr. Elina Birmingham

Associate Professor

Research Interests

My research examines how children, adolescents, and adults attend to and interpret social information. In addition, I examine how mechanisms of social attention and perception operate differently in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  In my lab, the Social Attention Group in Education (SAGE, www.sagesfu.ca), research uses a variety of methodologies, including behavioural measures of face perception, eye tracking studies of scene perception, automated analysis of facial expressions, and observations of social attention as people interact in the real world.  A central goal is to determine the real world implications of how we attend to and perceive information about other people. Recent work is also examining how sensory issues associated with ASD, like hypersensitivity to sound, interfere with social and learning opportunities for children with ASD, and to find new technological solutions to address sound sensitivity.  

My research is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and by Kids Brain Health Network (KBHN).