Dr Sarah Grainger

ARC DECRA Research Fellow

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Dr Sarah Grainger completed her PhD at the University of Queensland in November 2017. Her research to date has focused primarily on how social cognitive function– which broadly refers to our ability to detect and respond appropriately to social cues– is affected by normal adult ageing. In addition to using traditional behavioural measures to assess social cognition, Sarah also has experience with sophisticated experimental techniques including eye-tracking, facial electromyography, psychopharmacological interventions, and hormonal assessments. A key focus of her research is understanding how traditional lab-based social cognition tasks predict real world social functioning.

Research Interests

  • Lifespan Ageing
  • Social Cognition
  • Social Attention
  • Emotion


  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours Class 1, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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