Social connection is a critical predictor of broader wellbeing.

The research aims to understand the cognitive mechanisms that subserve social connection, particularly the core components such as social visual attention. It also aims to assess whether and how these core components change as we age into older adulthood.

Participants can expect to complete some basic computerised and pen-and-paper cognition assessments as well as some self-report surveys. Participation is one-hour and is conducted on campus at UQ, St Lucia.


To be eligible you must be aged 65 years of age or older, have English proficiency, and have normal or corrected-to-normal (i.e., with glasses) vision.

Participant Benefits 

Participants will receive a $20 Coles-Myer gift card as a thank you for your time.

Register your interest 

To register your interest please email Kate McKay (

This study has been approved by The University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee [Approval No. 2020002468]