The Cognitive Basis of Social Interaction Across the Lifespan

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Pub. Date: 2021-08-30
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Author Biography


Heather J. Ferguson, Professor in Psychology, University of Kent, UK,Elisabeth E.F Bradford, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Dundee, UK

Heather J. Ferguson is a Professor in Psychology at the University of Kent. She completed her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psycholinguistics at the University of Glasgow in 2007, followed by a two-year postdoctoral research position at UCL. Her research examines the cognitive basis of social communication. Professor Ferguson examines the time-course of integration, the underlying neural mechanisms, and the extent to which constraints from world knowledge and context compete to influence social interaction and pragmatic language comprehension. This work has received generous funding, including a European Research Council grant examining social communication across the lifespan, and Leverhulme Trust grants that link social processing to language (including in autism spectrum disorders). She has been recognized through multiple prizes (e.g. Psychonomic Early Career Award 2019), and holds key leadership positions in the discipline (e.g. Honorary Secretary to the Experimental Psychology Society).

Elisabeth E.F. Bradford is a Lecturer in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology at the School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee (Scotland, U.K.). She completed her PhD at the University of St Andrews in 2016. Prior to her lectureship at the University of Dundee, Lizzie worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Kent (England, U.K.). Her research focuses on social cognition abilities, examining how these capacities change and develop across the lifespan, the impacts of deficits in social cognition abilities, how social cognition may vary across cultures, and factors that may underlie successful engagement of social cognition abilities at different ages (e.g., executive functions).

Table of Contents


1. The Cognitive Basis of Social Interaction Across the Lifespan: An Introduction, Heather J. Ferguson
2. Social Interaction in Infancy, Tobias Schuwerk and Hannes Rakoczy
3. Social Interaction in Early and Middle Childhood: The Role of Theory Of Mind, Serena Lecce and Rory T. Devine
4. Development of Social Cognition in Adolescence and The Importance of Mating, Sarah Donaldson and Kathryn Mills
5. Mindreading in Adults: Cognitive Basis, Motivation, and Individual Differences, Ian A. Apperly and J. Jessica Wang
6. Social Interactions in Old Age, Victoria E. A. Brunsdon, Elisabeth E. F. Bradford, and Heather J. Ferguson
7. Understanding Atypical Social Behaviour Using Social Cognitive Theory: Lessons from Autism, Lucy Anne Livingston and Francesca Happ?
8. The Ageing Brain in Context: Towards a Refined Understanding of Social Cognition in Ageing and Dementia, Muireann Irish and Siddharth Ramanan
9. The Future of Research on Social Interaction, Elisabeth E.F. Bradford, Martina De Lillo, and Heather J. Ferguson

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