Jelena Ristic, PhD





Principal Investigator


Effie J. Pereira


I'm a PhD student in the Experimental Psychology program here at McGill University, and I received my BAH and MSc in Psychology from Queen's University working with Dr. Monica Castelhano. My research interests lie in attention in the real-world – in particular, I am interested in investigating how mechanisms of visual attention are affected by high-level complex information. My work at Queen's focused on attentional guidance from real-world environments, and my current work focuses on attention to social information (through mechanisms of selection, orienting, and recognition) and attention to self-generated thought (through mind wandering behaviours and the default mode network). Outside of the lab, I'm a statistics nerd, a baseball fan, and an ardent baker.

Undergraduate Students

Graduate Students

Ruidi Zhu


I am in my final year studying Psychology, and I'm currently working on my independent research project on automatic attention. In my spare time, I enjoy photography and I draw some comics for fun.

Krysten Stadel


I am in my final year of Cognitive Science and I am currently working in the Attention and Social Cognition lab as a research assistant. I did my honours project last year in this lab and I’m pleased to continue in the lab this year!

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Laboratory for Attention and Social Cognition

1205 Dr Penfield Avenue, Stewart Biology Building, Room N6/7, Department of Psychology, McGill University
Montreal, QC H3A 1B1
Phone: 514 398 1079

Past Members

Graduate Students

Dr. Christopher D. Blair, PhD

Undergraduate Students

Seulmin Ahn

Laura Andrea

Julia Boggia

Elissa Brock

Jackie Brown

Sammy Cheaib

Marilena Cote-Lecaldare

Claudia Damiano

Catherine Dick

Sarah Falk

Claire Fedoruk

Can Fenerci

Trevor Friesen

Alexa Giannelia

Lisa-Marie Giorgio

Julia Graff

Lauri Gurguryan

Lauren Guttman

Nurin C. A. Holding

Idil Kilinc

Insub Kim

Jaclyn Kirstiuk

Iman Lahouaoula

Olivia Larson

Olivia La Rue

Chloe Lau

Marianne Lau

Victoria Ledsham

Maria Leis

Mona Li

Yun Li

Yuqi Lin

Lovisa Ljungberg

Kelly Ma

Rachel Markham

Alexa Meuilleur

Jessica Michelin

Eleanor Milman

Sarah Moliner-Roy

Jenna Morris

Mikoto Nakajima

Hayley Ostrega

Anjali Pandey

Kaitlyn Tan V. Ng

Coralie Riendeau

Alicia Rosenzveig

Laura Ruiz

Jonathan Parsons

Natasha Pestonji

Linda M. Seusan

Elana Shilling

Kathleen Stewart

Willa Voorhies

Sally Wong

Renee Yan

Wook Yang

Nathan Zeplowitz

Monica Zhang

Shi Qi (Cindy) Zhu

Todd A. Vogel, MSc

Dana A. Hayward, PhD

Mathieu Landry

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dr. Francesca Capozzi, PhD


I am in my second post-doc year at A&SC lab, working under the supervision of Jelena Ristic. I concluded my PhD at the University of Torino (Italy), PhD program in Neuroscience, where I improved my theoretical and methodological expertise on gaze behavior, social attention and socio-cognitive psychology, working under the supervision of Cristina Becchio and Andrew Bayliss. My PhD project mainly focused on the study of gaze behaviour in multi-agent contexts (i.e., situations in which more than two agents are present, including groups), with a specific interest on the impact of social status (e.g., leadership) in modulating the social attention and the elaboration of social information about the environment. Today, I am interested in studying social attention across real world scenarios and laboratory, bringing with me a focus on multi-agent contexts and social status.

Dr. Nida Latif, PhD


I am currently in my first postdoctoral position here in the Attention & Social Cognition lab. I completed my Ph.D. under the supervision of Kevin Munhall at Queen’s University. My broad research interests focus on the cognitive and perceptual processes involved in human social behaviour. My doctoral dissertation focused on the mechanisms that allow for us to engage in efficient conversations. I examined how we use auditory and visual information to make predictions about our social partners. Further, I investigated how conversational partners align their behaviour with one another, potentially to facilitate these predictions.  I am currently interested in utilizing dynamic social contexts to assess how our attentional processes may be modulated by our social partners and the impact attention has on ensuring successful interactions.