Social perception refers broadly to the ability to decode and react appropriately to the social signals sent out
by other people, and is a critical predictor of social competency and wellbeing. The aim of this project is to
gain a clearer picture of when and why older adults experience social perceptual difficulties, as well as any
consequences of these difficulties. A key prediction is that those older adults who have most difficulty with
social perception will also have lowest wellbeing. Identifying which older adults are most likely to experience
social perceptual difficulties, as well as which aspects of social perception are relatively intact, will therefore
help to guide interventions on how to maintain wellbeing in old age.