Aina Puce

Aina Puce

Eleanor Cox Riggs Professor

  • (812) 856-0417
  • Psychology Building 144
  • Office Hours
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  • Ph.D., Medicine, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1990
  • M.A., Applied Science in Physics, Swinburne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, 1985
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Biophysics/Instrumental Science, Swinburne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, 1981


My research program focuses on the neural basis of social cognition - the ability to interpret the actions, intentions and emotions of others. Non-verbal communication is a main theme in the laboratory, as is the context in which the action is presented in. We are developing activation tasks that attempt to mimic real-life situations as closely as possible. Our experiments use combinations of different techniques including behavior, functional MRI, event-related potentials, eye tracking and transcranial magnetic stimulation. The final technique or techniques used are determined by the particular scientific question being asked. The laboratory has multimodal integration capability.