Alan Kingstone

Department of Psychology
Brain and Attention Research Lab

Phone: 604 822-9230

Web pages: Lab webpage




  • visual attention, plasticity, expertise
  • attention; eye movements; gaze processing
  • attention; cognitive ethology; embodied cognition; evolutionary economics; perception
  • eyes; eye movements; attention; cognitive ethology 

Research Interests

We aim to connect our attention research with the people and the world around us.  We do this by asking questions that we believe relate directly to people as social animals, often taking account of the fact that many of us live in a technological world. We are always looking for fun and interesting lines of research, as well as new ways of studying human behaviour, social attention and the brain. 

Training is integral to the lab. Our philosophy is that good research is good training. Our research involves teams of two of more students composed of (i) an undergraduate student, and (ii) a graduate and/or postdoctoral student. This environment provides undergraduates with hands-on research experience, and the graduate/postdoc students with research and mentorship skills. Each year the lab trains many individuals: e.g., 10-12 undergraduates, 4-6 graduates, 2-3 postdoctoral fellows, and 2-3 international students. The undergraduates typically go on to graduate school or medical school, the graduate students win outstanding postdoctoral fellowships, and all the postdoctoral fellows secure faculty positions world-wide.

The lab's multidisciplinary research program includes work with children, patients, and healthy adults using a variety of techniques (e.g. natural observation, eye tracking, brain imaging, body motion tracking) aimed at answering questions ranging from basic aspects of visual attention to more complex aspects of social cognition. 

More information can be found here.

Selected Publications

Anderson, N., Risko, E. & Kingstone, A. (In press).  Exploiting human sensitivity to gaze for tracking the eyes.  Behavior Research Methods. [pdf

Brennan, AA., Watson, MR., Kingstone, A. & Enns, JT. (In press). Person perception informs understanding of cognition during visual search. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. [pdf]

Dalrymple. K. A., Birmingham, E. Bischof, W.F., Barton, JS. & Kingstone, A. (In press).  Opening a window on attention: Documenting and simulating recovery from simultanagnosia. Cortex [pdf]. 

Foulsham, T., Barton, J.J.S., Kingstone, A., Dewhurst, R. & Underwood, G. (In press). Modeling eye movements in visual agnosia with a saliency map approach: bottom-up guidance or top-down strategy? Neural Networks. 

Sinnett, S. Hodges, N., Chua, R. & Kingstone (In press).  Embodiment of motor skills when observing expert and novice athletes. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. [pdf]

Dalrymple. K. A., Birmingham, E. Bischof, W.F., Barton, JS. & Kingstone, A. (2011).  Experiencing simultanagnosia through windowed viewing of complex social scenes. Brain Research, 1367, 265-277. [pdf

Foulsham, T., Teszka, R. & Kingstone, A. (2011). Saccade control in natural images is shaped by the information visible at fixation: Evidence from asymmetric gaze-contingent windows. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 73, 266-283. [link]

Risko, E. & Kingstone, A. (2011). Eyes wide shut: Implied social presence, eye tracking and attention. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 73, 291-296. [link]

Laidlaw, K.E.W., Foulsham, T., Kuhn, G. & Kingstone, A. (2011). Social attention to a live person is critically different than looking at a videotaped person. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [pdf

Anderson, C. & Kingstone, A. (2010). A meeting of the minds: Expert discussions of mental processes in the human brain. Cortex, 46, 134-135. [pdf

Andrews, TJ., Davies-Thompson, J., Kingstone, A. & Young, AW. (2010). Internal and external features of the face are represented holistically in face-selective regions of visual cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 3544-3552. [pdf]

Chisholm, J. Hickey, C., Theeuwes, J. & Kingstone, A. (2010). Reduced attentional capture in action video game players. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 72, 667-671. [pdf]


Area Membership

Primary: Cognitive Science
 Secondary: Behavioural Neuroscience, Clinical, Developmental, Social/Personality    
Other: Graduate Program in Neuroscience


Chair, Space Committee
Chair, Faculty Search Committee
Teaching Committee