Justin Gaetano is a PhD candidate and university medallist under the supervision of Dr. Anna Brooks and A/Prof. Rick van der Zwan, co-directors of the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Behaviour (CNaB), SCU. Justin was awarded a 1st class Bachelor of Psychology with Honours degree in 2011, which has led to publishable research. Broadly speaking, Justin's area of research interest is "other person perception": the study of how the human nervous system processes multisensory and multicategorical data to produce coherent representations of other human agents. Of specific interest are potential pan-stimulus correlates of the ability to discriminate sex and other socially relevant characteristics - key signals of personhood which human observers detect with alternating amounts of sensitivity and bias. In the context of CNaB, a major goal of this research is to inform models of the neural mechanisms undergirding person processing.
Perceiving other people on the basis of categorical multisensory data: towards a unified theory of person perception (with Rick van der Zwan and Anna Brooks), Current trends in experimental and applied psychology (2012)
Perceiving others as distinct agents is a skill crucial to human social interaction, yet no...