Dr Jessica WangLecturer
My primary research interest is in perspective-taking and communication. I investigate the cognitive, developmental/lifespan, social, and cultural factors implicated in the way in which we think about others’ perspectives. I am also interested in the automatic computation of low-level social information, such as eye gaze and visual perspectives. Many of my studies stem from the theory of mind literature. I’m working to understand the way in which observers track others’ mental states in a spontaneous fashion. I am also interested in the way in which we reason and keep track of the knowledge gained from different sources and people.
For more information about ongoing projects, visit my website
British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust SG162831 (Principal investigator, 2017-19). Building a social and cognitive model for Theory of Mind-use in old age.
PhD Supervision Interests
1. Perspective-taking across the lifespan 2. Perception of direct gaze in face to face interaction 3. Automatic belief tracking
Efficient belief tracking in adults: The role of task instruction, low-level associative processes and dispositional social functioning
Meert, G., Wang, J.J., Samson, D. 11/2017 In: Cognition. 168, p. 91-98. 8 p.
Just one look: Direct gaze briefly disrupts visual working memory
Wang, J.J., Apperly, I. 04/2017 In: Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. 24, 2, p. 393-399. 7 p.
Language complexity modulates 8- and 10-year-olds’ success at using their theory of mind abilities in a communication task
Wang, J.J., Ali, M., Frisson, S., Apperly, I. 09/2016 In: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 149, p. 62-71. 10 p.
Adults see vision to be more informative than it is
Wang, J.J., Miletich, D.D., Ramsey, R., Samson, D. 22/05/2014 In: The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology . 67, 12, p. 2279-2292. 14 p.