Hungarian student Eszter Révéz, who is studying towards a degree in Psychology, will investigate lateral gaze bias in processing different facial expressions of humans and dogs through the Carnegie Vacation Scholarship.
The scholarship is awarded to students from qualifying higher education institutions who wish to undertake a programme of independent research during the holiday period which will be of direct benefit to their studies.
Each project can last between two and 12 weeks, with students being paid the Scottish Living Wage. Eszter is one of five UWS Carnegie scholars in 2020.
The research, supervised by Dr Roxanne Hawkins and Dr Bianca Hatin, attempts to explore if gaze asymmetry is present in interpreting emotions, and if so, which hemiface is the target of eye gaze bias. To expand on previous literature, the current study focuses on a variety of emotions and dog faces in addition to human faces.
Eszter said: “It is a true honour to be awarded the Carnegie Trust Vacation Scholarship as it provides an opportunity to gain first-hand groundwork experience in Psychology. I would encourage every student in their penultimate year to reach out to supervisors with common interest in research field and apply to the scholarship with a project to investigate.”