Dr Frouke Hermens and Professor Timothy Hodgson were awarded a British Academy / Leverhulme small grant. The project will use new mobile eye tracking technology to investigate gaze coordination during social interactions in people with Parkinson’s. Earlier work has shown how eye movements in cognitive tasks are reduced in size (known as “amplitude hypometria”) in Parkinsons disease, but expression and perception of emotion has also been shown to be affected in the condition. The current project will explore this issue using eye tracking while participants with and without Parkinsons engage in a card game requiring social interaction. The grant will support a research assistant for a year.
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