Jelena Ristic

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Contact Information:


Office: Stewart Biology Building, N7/13
Phone: 514.398.2091
Email: jelena.ristic[at]


Mailing Address:
Department of Psychology
1205 Dr Penfield Avenue
Montreal, QC
H3A 1B1


Jelena Ristic

Professor Jelena Ristic received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. at the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia and completed postdoctoral training at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She joined McGill University in 2009 as an Assistant Professor and held the William Dawson Chair until 2022. Jelena Ristic is a Fellow of the Psychonomic Society, and the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS), and a winner of a Mid-Career award from the CSBBCS, Best Article awards from the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), and a Mentorship Award from Women in Cognitive Science. Professor Ristic is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance and Visual Cognition. Her multifaceted research spans basic mechanisms of human attention, cognitive neuroscience of attention, social and interactive cognition, eye tracking, social behavior, social attention, and attentional development.

Research Areas:

Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience | Developmental Science

Research Summary:

Social attention, Interactive cognition, Eye tracking, Complex behavior, EEG, Individual differences

Selected References:

Mayrand, F, Capozzi, F. & Ristic, J. (2023). A dual mobile eye tracking study on natural eye contact during live interaction. Scientific Reports, 13(1), 11385.

Ristic, J. & Capozzi, F. (2022). Mechanisms for individual, group, and crowd-based attention to social information. Nature Reviews Psychology, 1(12), 721-732.
McCrackin, S. D., Provencher, S., Mendell, E., & Ristic, J. (2022). Transparent masks facilitate understanding of emotional states but not sharing them with others. Cognitive Research Principles and Implications, 7(1), 1-13.
McCrackin, S. D., Capozzi, F., Mayrand, F. & Ristic, J. (2022). Face masks impair basic emotion recognition: Group effects and individual variability. Social Psychology, 54(1-2), 4-15. 
Capozzi, F. & Ristic, J. (2020). Attention AND mentalizing? Reframing a debate on social orienting of attention. Visual Cognition, 28(2), 97-105.
Capozzi, F. & Ristic, J. (2018). How attention gates social interactions. Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1426, 179-198.
Hayward, D. A., Pereira, E. J., Otto, A. R. & Ristic, J. (2017). Smile! Social reward drives attention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 44(2), 206-214.
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