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Lab News

2014

JULY

Nicole Nelson begins her position as Assistant Professor at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia).

Lindsey Short submits her thesis and begins her position as Assistant Professor at Redeemer University College (Ancaster).

CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH!

JUNE

Lindsey Short has a paper published on line at JECP: Category-Specific Face Prototypes Are Emerging, But Not Yet Mature in 5-Year-Old Children. DOI: 10.1016/j.jecp.2014.04.004.

Harmonie Chan (a High School Mentorship Plus student in the Face Perception Lab directed by Cathy Mondloch) won one of three High School Science Awards from the Canadian Psychological Association! She will be presenting her work at the national convention in Vancouver, BC June 5 - 7. Harmonie discovered that both young and older adults have less consensus about how attractive older adult faces are than about how attractive young adult faces are, providing further evidence of perceptual tuning that favours young adult faces. Her talk is titled: Betty White versus Natalie Portman: Investigating Attractiveness Judgments and Age Estimates for Young and Older Adult Faces.

MAY

Sarah Laurence, Nicole Nelson, Lindsey Short, and Xiaomei Zhou all presented their work at the annual Vision Sciences meeting.

FEBRUARY

Xiaomei Zhou publishes a paper in Brain Topography: Detecting Concealed Information Using Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy.

Nicole Nelson accepts a Faculty position at University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Congratulations!

Cathy Mondloch gives an invited talk at University of Texas, Dallas: New Insights about Cross-Race and Cross-Age Effects

Nicole Nelson gives an invited talk at University of Texas, Dallas: A Facial Expression of Pax: What Children's 'Recognition' of Nonsense Expressions Can Tell Us About Emotion Knowledge

Cathy Mondloch gives an invited talk at the Emotion Preconference (SPSP): Walk this Way: Bodies influence Adults' and Children's Perception of Facial Expressions

Nicole Nelson & Cathy Mondloch present posters at the meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Austin, Texas

JANUARY

Cathy Mondloch & Lindsey Short publish a paper in NeuroImage: The Neural Correlates of the Face Attractiveness Aftereffect: A Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) Study

2013

DECEMBER

Lindsey Short accepts a Faculty position at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, ON. Congratulations!

NOVEMBER

Gabby Salgado and Lewis Lau join the lab as undergraduate Research Assistants

OCTOBER

Lindsey Short & Cathy Mondloch publish a paper in Perception: Aging Faces and Aging Perceivers: Young and Older Adults are Less Sensitive to Deviations from Normality in Older than in Young Adult Faces

SEPTEMBER

Xiaomei Zhou joins the lab as a PhD student. Xiaomei completed her MA at Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua, China under the mentoship of Professor Genyue Fu.

Sarah Laurence joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Sarah completed her PhD at University of Sussex under the mentorship of Professor Graham Hole.

Thalia Semplonius successfully defended her MA thesis: An Investigation of the Role of Attention in the Cross-Race Effect: An Ecological Approach

Cathy Mondloch serves as an expert with the Canadian TV Show To Catch a Killer (produced by Ocean Entertainment for OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) Canada.

Cathy Mondloch, Nicole Nelson & Matt Horner publish a paper in PLoS ONE: Asymmetries of Influence: Differential Effects of Body Postures on Perceptions of Emotional Facial Expressions

Cathy Mondloch publishes a paper in Developmental Science: The Effect of Early Visual Deprivation on the Development of Face Detection

Cathy Mondloch publishes a paper in the International Journal of Behavioural Development: Infant Face Preferences after Binocular Deprivation

AUGUST

Nicole Nelson gives a talk at the International Society for Research in Emotion meeting: An Expression of 'Pax': Reexamining Children's 'Recognition' of Expressions

JULY

Lindsey Short gives an invited talk at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy: A Cross-Cultural Examination of the Development of Category-Specific Face Prototypes

JUNE

Cathy Mondloch publishes a paper in Developmental Science: The effect of early visual deprivation on the development of face detection.

MAY

Thalia Semplonius is awarded the 2013 Council of Canadian Departments of Psychology Teaching Assistant Award. Congratulations Thalia!

Lindsey Short receives an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for the final year of her PhD studies.

Thalia Semplonius, Lindsey Short, Valentina Prioetti, and Nicole Nelson all present posters at the Vision Sciences Society Meeting.

APRIL

Lindsey Short and Nicole Nelson present papers at SRCD.

MARCH

Cathy Mondloch published a paper in the International Journal of Behavioral Development.

FEBRUARY

Matt Horner & Jasmine Mian publish a paper in Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

2012

OCTOBER

Emma Pote successfully defends her MA thesis at Laurentian University: True Lies: Who can learn to tell?

SEPTEMBER

Matt Horner successfully defends his MA thesis: The effects of body posture on emotion perception: A developmental and theoretical analysis.

Emma Pote joins the lab as a PhD student. Emma earned her MA at Laurentian University and is funded by SSHRC.

AUGUST

Matt Horner and Jasmine Mian publish a paper in Journal of Experimental Child Psychology: Wide eyes and drooping arms: Adult-like congruency effects emerge early in the development of sensitivity to emotional faces and body postures.

JUNE

Cathy Mondloch publishes a paper in Neuropsychologia: The timing of individual face recognition in the brain.

MAY

Louise Ewing (University of Western Australia) visits the lab and gives a talk about face representations in children with autism.

Lindsey Short wins a Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the Council of Canadian Departments of Psychology. Congratulations!

Matt Horner, Nicole Nelson, Valentina Proietti, Thalia Semplonius, and Lindsey Short each present a poster at the Vision Sciences Society meeting in Naples, Florida.

Bryce Hunt joins the lab as a Research Technician.

APRIL

Thalia Semplonius receives a Dean of Graduate Studies Spring 2012 Research Fellowship.

MARCH

Lindsey Short publishes a paper in Evolution and Human Behavior: Detection of propensity for aggression based on facial structure irrespective of face race.

FEBRUARY

Cathy Mondloch publishes a paper in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology: Sad or fearful? The influence of body posture on adults' and children's perception of facial displays of emotion.

JANUARY

Nicole Nelson joins the lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Nicole earned her PhD at Boston College under the mentorship of Professor Jim Russell. Her postdoctoral research, funded by NSF, will further investigate the development of emotion recognition during childhood.

Valentina Prioetta joins the lab as a visiting scholar. Valentina is a PhD student from Milano, Italy where she works under the mentorship of Professor Viola Macchi Casia. She is investigating how the influence of facial age (child, young adult, older adult) influences face perception.

Cathy Mondloch published a paper in PLoS ONE: "Facing Aggression: Cues Differ for Female versus Male Faces".

 

Our attempt to pose incongruent facial expressions/body postures

 

2011

DECEMBER

Amanda George joins the lab as a Research Assistant.

NOVEMBER

Lindsey Short returns from a 2-month research apprenticeship at the University of Western Australia where she worked with Professor Gillian Rhodes.

Lindsey Short publishes a paper in Evolution and Human Behavior (on line): "Detection of propensity for aggression based on facial structure irrespective of face race".

OCTOBER

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Face Perception

A postdoctoral fellowship is available in the Infant and Child Development Lab at Brock University to investigate face perception in participants between 3 and 80 years of age, under the supervision of Cathy Mondloch, PhD. For more information please click here.

SEPTEMBER

Thalia Stroobosscher joins the lab as an M.A. student.

Lindsey Short leaves for a 2 month research experience at the University of Western Australia under the supervision of Prof. Gillian Rhodes.

Anne Hackland joins the lab as a research assistant.

Cathy Mondloch publishes a paper in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology: Sad or fearful? The influence of body posture on adults' and children's perception of facial displays of emotion.

JUNE

Professor Cathy Mondloch receives a Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award from NSERC - an award given to facilitate her work on the development of face perception. Learn more about this award by clicking on one of the following links:

The St. Catharines Standard
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3176198

NSERC
http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Media-Media/NewsRelease-CommuniqueDePresse_eng.asp?ID=292

Niagara This Week
http://www.niagarathisweek.com/news/article/1030378--funds-for-brilliant-minds

Brock University
http://www.brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=10605

APRIL

Professor Cathy Mondloch receives a Discovery Grant from NSERC. This money will fund her work on the development of face recognition.

Matt Horner receives the Dean of Graduate Studies Spring 2011 Research Fellowship for his work on the influence of body posture on perception of facial expressions.

Cathy Mondloch and Lindsey Short each give a talk at the 2011 International Conference on Social Cognition and Neuroscience in Hangzhou, China.

MARCH

Lindsay Meldrum is accepted to the Master's in Applied Health Sciences Program at Brock University. Congratulations!

FEBRUARY

Cathy Mondloch becomes Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Lindsey Short travels to Jinhua, China. She will spend 2 months there testing adults and children on a variety of face-perception tasks and creating a database of 2D and 3D face images. She is also developing proficiency with chop sticks and with a new language!

Lindsey Short and Alex Hatry publish a paper in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology: The development of norm-based coding and race-specific face prototypes: An examination of 5- and 8-year-olds' face space.

Jasmine Mian captures GOLD at the OUA Wrestling Championships. She was named OUA Outstanding Female Wrestler and Brock's Athlete of the week for her outstanding performance. Congratulations!

2010

DECEMBER

Cathy Mondloch gives an invited talk at the School of Medicine, National University of Mexico: "The Nature and Development of Expert Face Processing"

Lindsey Short publishes a paper in the 'Short and Sweet' section of Perception: The Importance of Social Factors is a Matter of Perception

SEPTEMBER

Matt Horner joins the lab as an MA student.

AUGUST

Sarah Tisi joins our team as Lab Coordinator.

JULY

Lindsey Short successfully defends her MA thesis! Welcome to the PhD program!

JUNE

Cathy Mondloch publishes a paper in Perception: The function and specificity of sensitivity to cues to facial identity: An individual differences approach.

MAY

***Lindsey Short wins a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship!! Congratulations Lindsey!***

Danielle Longfield wins a CPA award for her excellent work as a Teaching Assistant.

Danielle Longfield presents a poster at Vision Sciences Society Meeting: Sad or Afraid? Body Posture Influences Children's and Adults' Perception of Emotional Facial Displays

Lindsey Short presents a poster at the Vision Sciences Society Meeting: Is Social Categorization Alone Sufficient to Induce Opposing Face Aftereffects?

Xin Zheng presents a poster at the Vision Sciences Society Meeting: Delineating the temporal sequence and mechanisms for perceiving individual faces.

Cheryl McCormick and Cathy Mondloch present a poster at the Vision Sciences Society Meeting: The Facial Width-to-Height Ratio as a Basis for Estimating Aggression from Emotionally Neutral Faces

APRIL

Jasmine Mian receives an Undergraduate Student Research Award from NSERC

Cathy Mondloch receives a SSHRC Operating Grant

Allison Mondloch joins the lab as an undergraduate research assistant.

Lindsey Short is awarded a Research Fellowship from the Dean of Graduate Studies

MARCH

Cathy Mondloch publishes a paper in Perception: Estimating aggression from emotionally neutral faces: Which facial cues are diagnostic?

Lindsey Short presents a poster at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting in Montreal: The development of category-contingent face prototypes: An examination of opposing attractiveness in five-year-old children.

Xin Zheng presents a poster at the Cognitive Neurosciences Society Meeting in Montreal: ERP correlates of facial distinctiveness: P2 sensitivity to identity strength.

Cathy Mondloch presents a poster at the Cognitive Neurosciences Society Meeting in Montreal: Judging aggressiveness based on facial structure: Sensitivity to facial width-to-height ratio in own-versus other-race faces.

Cathy Mondloch participates in a symposium at the Human Development Conference in New York City: Sad or Fearful? The Influence of Body Posture on Children's Perception of Briefly Presented Facial Displays.

FEBRUARY

Cathy Mondloch publishes a paper in Perception: Discrimination of facial features by adults, 10-year-olds, and cataract-reversal patients.

Jasmine Mian captures first place in her weight class at the OUA Wrestling Championships! Congratulations to Jasmine and the entire Brock Team.

JANUARY

Lindsay Meldrum and Jasmine Mian join the lab as undergraduate research assistants.

2009

DECEMBER

The Infant and Child Development Lab at Brock University, directed by Dr. Cathy Mondloch, is pleased to announce receiving a $170,000 grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (Leaders Opportunity Fund). This grant will allow Dr. Mondloch to purchase two desktop eye trackers, behavioural recording equipment, and both a 3D and a 4D (3D with motion) camera. This state-of-the-art equipment will allow us to enhance our cutting edge research investigating the development of expert face processing.

 

NOVEMBER

Cathy Mondloch publishes a paper in Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, with Mark Vida, a former Honours Thesis student: Children's representations of facial expression and identity: Identity-contingent expression aftereffects.

Cathy Mondloch, along with colleagues from Australia, Hong Kong, and Canada, publishes a paper in British Journal of Psychology: Contact and other-race effects in configural and component processing of faces.

OCTOBER

Cathy Mondloch, along with colleagues from McMaster, publishes a paper in Journal of Anxiety Disorders: Shyness and face scanning in children.

Cathy Mondloch is interviewed by the Toronto Star, in the case of Suaad Hagi Mohamud: http://www.thestar.com/article/703643

AUGUST

Alex Hatry successfully defends her MA thesis! Title: Investigating Opposing Aftereffects in 8-year-olds and Adults

The Infant and Child Development lab takes a tour of Fort George where Lindsey Short (MA student) is a historical re-enactor!

Cathy Mondloch is interviewed by the Toronto Star, in the case of Suaad Hagi Mohamud, who was accused of using false passport: http://www.thestar.com/article/678690

JULY

The Infant and Child Development Lab welcomes Youth University!! We worked with children enrolled in the CSI and Computer Camps

Members of the Infant and Child Development Lab enjoy Canada Day in downtown St. Catharines while recruiting future participants from our community!

MAY

Krysten Murphy joins the lab through the Experience Works program.

Lab members travel to Naples Florida for the Vision Sciences Meeting. We presented 4 posters:

  • Cathy Mondloch presented The development of face prototypes: Evidence for Simple and Opposing Aftereffects in Children
  • Lindsey Short presented Forgetting faces in a crowd: Faster Memory Decay for Other-Race Faces?
  • Danielle Longfield presented Posed versus Genuine Expressions: Are Children Easily Fooled?
  • Mark Vida presented Happy or sad? The effects of age and face race on expression aftereffects.

APRIL

Mark Vida presents a poster at the Society for Research in Child Development Meeting: Perceiving ambiguous facial expressions: Adaptation aftereffects in 5- to 11-year olds.

Alex Hatry presents a poster at the Society for Research in Child Development Meeting: 8-year-olds treat Caucasian and Chinese Faces as Separate Categories.

JANUARY

Cathy Mondloch publishes a paper in Child Development with Gizelle Anzures and Chrissy Lackner, two former Honours Thesis students: Face adaptation and aftereffects in 8-year-olds and adults.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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