cSCAN is an interdisciplinary enterprise to advance knowledge of how humans perceive, make sense of, and respond to their social world. We are a collective of researchers from the complementary fields of psychology, biology, engineering, physics, computing science, and social robotics at the University of Glasgow.

Our aim is to develop advanced approaches that combine classic paradigms from social, cultural, and biological psychology, with those from cognitive and vision science, computer graphics, and mathematical psychology. cSCAN aims to train the next generation of researchers with a unique toolkit to address the evolving needs of the modern human social world.

cSCAN members lead a strong international research network, with editorial board membership of prominent journals (e.g., Psychological Science, JEP:General, Cognition), substantial ERC and RCUK funding, and on-going research projects with many industrial partners (e.g., Danone Research, Dimensional Imaging, Qumodo).

See a list of our highlighted publications.

Highlighted Centre Initiatives

Highlighted Grants

  • Computing the face syntax of social communication. European Research Council, €1.5M, 2018 – 2023.
  • The Psychology of sugary drinks: The role of consumption and reward simulations. ESRC,  £415K, 2018 – 2021.
  • Mechanisms and consequences of attributing socialness to artificial agents. European Research Council, €1.8M, 2016 – 2021.
  • How do humans recognise kin? European Research Council, €2.0M, 2015 – 2020.
  • Do oral contraceptives alter mate preferences? European Research Council, €1.4M, 2012 – 2017