cSCAN is a multidisciplinary Research Centre in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Glasgow.  Research in cSCAN addresses fundamental mechanisms of social perception, social cognition, and social interaction, and how to harness these for meaningful applications in social context.

Our research on social perception examines how humans process social signals in multiple channels, principally vision (faces, bodies) and audition (voices, language), and how the cultural, neural, and biological underpinnings of this processing affect interactions with artificial agents (e.g., social robots as well as avatars encountered in real or virtual realities). Our work on social cognition addresses emotion, motivation, and self-regulation. In the context of research on social interaction, we study language, social coordination, and culture.  Finally, we bring fundamental insights from these areas to bear on important societal issues, such as health, sustainability, and human-technology interactions.

We use a wide variety of behavioural methods, often complemented by state-of-the-art neuroscience methods (e.g., fMRI, MEG), computational modeling, and Big Data methods.

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

  • Using consumption and reward simulations to increase desire for plant-based foods. ESRC, £546k, 2021-2024.
  • SOCIAL, UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Socially Intelligent Artificial Agents, £4.9M, 2019 – 2027.
  • Computing the face syntax of social communication. European Research Council, €1.5M, 2018 – 2023.
  • From data and theory to computational models of more effective virtual human gestures, EPSRC, £435K, 2020-2023.
  • 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