Team Members


Rachael E. Jack, Lab Director, Reader

Lab Director and PI of the ERC-funded project  ‘Computing the Face Syntax of Social Communication.’


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Chaona Chen, Postdoctoral Research Associate

Chaona Chen is a postdoctoral research associate currently under the ERC-funded project  ‘Computing the Face Syntax of Social Communication.’ She is interested in using the method of social psychophysics to understand how facial expressions are used in daily conversation. She is also interested in developing facial expressions for social robots and improve human-robot interactions. Graduated from University of Glasgow with a Ph.D. entitled ‘The Dual Role of Culture on Signalling and Receiving Dynamic Facial Expressions’ in 2017. Before that, she studied Psychology and Philosophy in Wuhan University in China and graduated with a B.Sc. in Psychology (First Class) in 2013.


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Thora Bjornsdottir, Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Thora is a postdoc working on the Face Syntax project. Her research focuses on how social group memberships (such as social class, sexual orientation, culture, and nationality) affect social perception, investigating how our faces reflect our social identities and experiences, how our group memberships impact our perceptions of others, and how we mentally represent members of various social groups. She received her Ph.D. in 2019 from the University of Toronto, where she received her MA in Psychology in 2015. She received her BA in Psychology (magna cum laude) and German (summa cum laude) from Cornell University in 2014.


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Meng Liu, Ph.D. student
A newbie of nearly everything, a fan of movies and a learner of Matlab. Also a writer in <a href=’’>Doban</a>

Research Interests: Dynamic facial expressions, social robots, cross-cultural communication.

Laura B. Hensel, Ph.D. student
Laura B. Hensel is a Ph.D. student in the School of Psychology at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests lie in determining how we perceive different personality dimensions from dynamic facial expressions and to use this information to improve Human-Computer interaction. In 2017, Laura graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology (First Class) and  in 2018, she completed her M.Sc. in Research Methods in Psychology (Distinction) from the University of Glasgow.