Dre Caroline Blais, co-director of the Laboratoire de Perception Visuelle et Sociale, has recently been awarded the Canada Research Chair in Visual and Social Perception by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), from the Federal Government of Canada. This chair will allow her to research and better understand how social factors such as culture can affect the many steps of visual perception.
Here is a summary of the projects associated to this research chair, also available on the Canada Research Chairs repository:
In the current context of globalization and multiculturalism, it is increasingly important that we understand how our visual and sociocultural environments affect visual perception. Dr. Caroline Blais, Canada Research Chair in in Cognitive and Social Vision, aims to increase this understanding.
Most visual perception studies to date have been conducted on Westerners, with the few cross-cultural ones conducted on only two cultures at a time. But Blais and her research team hope to increase data diversity by studying visual processing and the communication of social signals across different cultural groups.
The entire LPVS team wishes to congratulate Dre Blais for this honor, and wishes her success in her new research work.