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Dr Louise Ewing

BA UWA, MPsych AppDev/PhD UWA.

Louise Ewing

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Phone : +44(0)20 7631 6896
email : l.ewing@bbk.ac.uk

External Address

Department of Psychological Science,
Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Profile

I am interested in revealing the mechanisms that underlie face processing difficulties in individuals with autism, and their family members. Understanding how person perception functions atypically in these groups may reveal the mechanisms critical for successful face processing, and provide an evidence base for targeted interventions to improve person perception and social functioning in autism.

Recent External Appointments

  • Lecturer, University of East Anglia, UK. (2015 continuing)

Awards

  • CCD Excellence in Research Postgraduate Award (2013), Ewing, L. "Outstanding Student Publication in 2012"
  • Postdoc award for best presentation (2012), Ewing, L. ASfAR Inaugural Scientific Meeting ($250)
  • Student Travel Award (2012), Ewing, L. International Society for Autism Research.
  • Presentation Award (2011), Ewing, L. Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference.

Recent Grants Awarded

  • British Academy Small Research Grant (2017 - 2019) "Does Strategy Matter? Probing the functional consequences of individual differences in strategic information use during face identity judgments." (£9,556) Ewing, L., Smith, M.L., & Palermo, R. ($16,088)
  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2016 - 2017) "Should I trust you? Appearance-based trust behaviour in schizophrenia." Sutherland, C., Rhodes, G., Langdon, R., Caruana, N., Connaughton, E., Ewing, L., & Williams, N. ($39,287)
  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2013) "The generalisation of a perceptual anchoring deficit in dyslexia." Badcock, N., Ewing, L., Rhodes, G., McArthur, G., & Jeffery, L. ($20,117)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Periodicals

  • Rhodes, G., Burton, N., Jeffery, L., Read, A., Taylor, E., & Ewing, L. (2017). Facial expression coding in children and adolescents with autism: Reduced adaptability but intact norm-based coding. British Journal of Psychology. doi:10.1111/bjop.12257
  • Rhodes, G., Neumann, M., Ewing, L., Bank, S., Read, A., Engfors, L.M., Emiechel, R., & Palermo, R. (In Press). Ensemble coding of faces occurs in children and develops dissociably from coding of individual faces. Developmental Science. doi:10.1111/desc.12540
  • Caulfield, F., Ewing, L., Bank, S., & Rhodes, G. (2016). Judging trustworthiness from faces: Emotion cues modulate trustworthiness judgments in young children. British Journal of Psychology, 107(3), 503-518. doi:10.1111/bjop.12156
  • Smith, M.L., Volna, B., & Ewing, L. (2016). Distinct information critically distinguishes judgments of face familiarity and identity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42(11), 1770-1779. doi:10.1037/xhp0000243
  • Crookes, K., Ewing, L., Gildenhuys, J., Kloth, N., Hayward, W.G., Oxner, M., Pond, S., & Rhodes, G. (2015). How well do computer-generated faces tap face expertise? PLoS One, 10(11), e0141353. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141353
  • Ewing, L., Caulfield, F., Read, A., & Rhodes, G. (2015). Perceived trustworthiness of faces drives trust behaviour in children. Developmental Science, 18(2), 327-334. doi://10.1111/desc.12218
  • Ewing, L., Caulfield, F., Read, A., & Rhodes, G. (2015). Appearance-based trust behaviour is reduced in children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism, 19(8), 1002-1009. doi:10.1177/1362361314559431
  • Rhodes, G., Neumann, M., Ewing, L., & Palermo, R. (2015). Reduced set averaging of face identity in children and adolescents with autism. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68(7), 1391-1403. doi:10.1080/17470218.2014.981554
  • Rhodes, G., Pond, S., Burton, N., Kloth, N., Jeffery, L., Bell, J., Ewing, L., Calder, A.J., & Palermo, R. (2015). How distinct is the coding of face identity and expression? Evidence for some common dimensions in face space. Cognition, 142, 123-137. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2015.05.012
  • Caulfield, F., Ewing, L., Burton, N., Avard, E., & Rhodes, G. (2014). Facial trustworthiness judgments in children with ASD are modulated by happy and angry emotional cues. PLoS ONE, 9(5), e97644. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0097644
  • Croydon, A., Pimperton, H., Ewing, L., Duchaine, B., & Pellicano, E. (2014). The Cambridge Face Memory Test for Children (CFMT-C): A new tool for measuring face recognition skills in childhood. Neuropsychologia, 62, 60–67.
  • Rhodes, G., Ewing, L., Jeffery, L., Avard, E., & Taylor, E. (2014). Reduced adaptability but no fundamental disruption of norm-based face-coding mechanisms in cognitively able children and adolescents with autism. Neuropsychologia, 62, 262-268. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.07.030
  • Rhodes, G., Jeffery, L., Taylor, E., Hayward, W.G., & Ewing, L. (2014). Individual differences in adaptive coding of face identity are linked to individual differences in face recognition ability. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40(3), 897-903. doi:10.1037/a0035939
  • Ewing, L., Leach, K., Pellicano, E., Jeffery, L., & Rhodes, G. (2013). Reduced face aftereffects in autism are not due to poor attention. PLoS ONE, 8(11), e81353. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081353
  • Ewing, L., Pellicano, E., & Rhodes, G. (2013). Reevaluating the selectivity of face-processing difficulties in children and adolescents with autism. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 115, 342-355.
  • Ewing, L., Pellicano, E., & Rhodes, G. (2013). Atypical updating of face representations with experience in children with autism. Developmental Science, 16(1), 116-123. doi:10.1111/desc.12007
  • Ewing, L., Rhodes, G., & Pellicano, E. (2013). Using effort to measure reward value of faces in children with autism. PLoS ONE, 8(11), e79493. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0079493
  • Rhodes, G., Jeffery, L., Taylor, E., & Ewing, L. (2013). Autistic traits are linked to reduced adaptive coding of face identity and selectively poorer face recognition in men but not women. Neuropsychologia, 51(13), 2702-2708.
  • Rhodes, G., Jeffery, L., Evangelista, E., Ewing, L., Peters, M., & Taylor, E. (2011). Enhanced attention amplifies face adaptation. Vision Research, 51, 1811-1819.
  • Ewing, L., Rhodes, G., & Pellicano, E. (2010). Have you got the look? Gaze direction affects judgments of facial attractiveness. Visual Cognition, 18, 321-330.
  • Rhodes, G., Lie, H., Ewing, L., Evangelista, E., & Tanaka, J. (2010). Does perceived race affect discrimination and recognition of ambiguous-race faces? A test of the socio-cognitive hypothesis. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 36, 217-223.
  • Rhodes, G., Ewing, L., Hayward, W., Maurer, D., Mondloch, C., & Tanaka, J. (2009). Contact and other-race effects in configural and component processing of faces. British Journal of Psychology, 100, 717-728.
  • Rhodes, G., Locke, V., Ewing, L., & Evangelista, E. (2009). Race coding and the other-race effect in face recognition. Perception, 38, 232-241.
  • Rhodes, G., Maloney, L. T., Turner, J., & Ewing, L. (2007). Adaptive face coding and discrimination around the average face. Vision Research, 47, 974-989.
  • Rhodes, G., Peters, M., & Ewing, L. (2007). Specialised higher-level mechanisms for facial-symmetry perception: Evidence from orientation-tuning functions. Perception, 36, 1804-1812.

Published Abstracts

  • Crookes, K., Ewing, L., Gildenhuys, J., Hayward, W., Oxner, M., Pond, S., & Rhodes, G. (2014). Computer generated faces may not tap face expertise [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 14(10), 819. doi:10.1167/14.10.819

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Keogh, E., Favelle, S., Palermo, R., & Ewing, L. (2017, April). Configural, holistic and featural processing of facial expressions, and their role in expression recognition ability. Poster session presented at the 44th Annual Conference of Australasian Society of Experimental Psychology (EPC17), Shoal Bay.
  • Ewing, L., Papasavva, M., Mares, I., Farran, E.K., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Smith , M.L. (2016, August). In-depth investigation of the face selective N170 ERP component in Williams Syndrome. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Ewing, L., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Farran, E., & Smith, M.L. (2016, June). Understanding strategic information use during emotional expression judgements in Williams syndrome. Paper presented at the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Annual Seminar, University College London, UK.
  • Ewing, L., Pappasava, M., Mares, I., Farran, E.K., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Smith, M.L. (2016, June). In-depth investigation of the face selective N170 ERP component in Williams Syndrome. Poster session presented at the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Annual Seminar, University College London, UK.
  • Ewing, L., Pappasava, M., Mares, I., Farran, E.K., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Smith, M.L. (2016, June). In-depth investigation of the face selective N170 ERP component in Williams Syndrome. Poster session presented at the The Cognitive Neuroscience of Declarative Memory Workshop: "From Knowing to Re-Experiencing", University of East Anglia, UK.
  • Ewing, L., Pellicano, E., King, H., Farran, E.K., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Smith, M.L. (2016, June). Atypical information-use in children with autism spectrum disorder during judgements of child and adult face identity. Poster session presented at the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Annual Seminar, University College London, UK.
  • Ewing, L., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Farran, E., & Smith, M.L. (2015, August). Tracking developmental shifts in facial expression processing strategies. Paper presented at the 38th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP2015), Liverpool, UK.
  • Pappasava, M., Ewing, L., Ferreria, P., Richards, A., & Smith, M.L. (2015, August). Individual differences in the rewarding nature of faces. Poster session presented at the 38th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP2015), Liverpool, UK.
  • Smith, M.L., Volna, B., & Ewing, L. (2015, August). The visual information driving familiarity and identity judgements from faces. Poster session presented at the 38th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP2015), Liverpool, UK.
  • Ewing, L., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Farran, E., & Smith, M. (2015, May). Capturing developmental shifts in facial identity and expression processing strategies. Poster session presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), St Pete Beach, USA.
  • Smith, M.L., Grühn, D., Bevitt, A., Ellis, M., Ciripan, O., & Ewing, L. (2015, May). Emotion categorization of facial expressions: Age differences in the utilization of diagnostic features. Poster session presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), St Pete Beach, USA.
  • Palermo, R. Pond, S., Burton, N., Kloth, N., Jeffery, L., Bell, J., Ewing, L., Calder, A.J., & Rhodes, G. (2015, April). How distinct is the coding of face identity and expression? Evidence for some common dimensions in face space. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Crookes, K., Ewing, L., Gildenhuys, J., Kloth, N., Hayward, W., Oxner, M., Pond, S. & Rhodes, G. (2015, March). Computer generated faces may not tap face expertise. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders International Person Perception Workshop, Perth.
  • Ewing, L., Caulfield, F., Read, A., & Rhodes, G. (2014, June). Appearance based trust behavior is reduced in children with autism spectrum disorder. Colloquium at the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Seminar, Durham University, Durham, UK.
  • Crookes, K., Ewing, L., Gildenhuys, J., Kloth, N., Hayward, W., Oxner, M., Pond, S. & Rhodes, G. (2014, May). Computer generated faces may not tap face expertise. Poster session presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), St Pete Beach, USA.
  • Ewing, L. (2014, May). Perceptions of trustworthiness in typical and atypical development. Colloquium at the Centre for Brain & Cognitive Development Seminar, Birkberk College, University of London, London, UK.
  • Rhodes, G., Jeffery, L., Taylor, L., & Ewing, L. (2013, December). Autistic traits and adaptive coding of face identity. Paper presented at the Australian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference (ACNS), Melbourne.
  • Badcock, N.A., Ewing, L., Preece, K.A., Jeffery, L., Rhodes, G., & McArthur, G. (2013, June). What do language skills have to do with auditory perceptual anchoring and dyslexia? Invited colloquium at the Language and Developmental Seminar Series, Oxford University, Oxford, UK.
  • Badcock, N.A., Ewing, L., Preece, K.A., Jeffery, L., Rhodes, G., & McArthur, G.M. (2013, June). Reading and language abilities are related to auditory perceptual anchoring in children with learning difficulties. Poster session presented at the Language in Developmental and Acquired disorders: Future directions, The Royal Society at Chicheley Hall, Chicheley, UK.
  • Badcock, N.A., Ewing, L., Preece, K.A., Jeffery, L., Rhodes, G., & McArthur, G.M. (2013, May). Non-word reading and repetition predicts auditory perceptual anchoring in dyslexia. Symposium conducted at the International Workshop on Reading and Developmental Dyslexia (IWORDD), San Sebastian, Spain.
  • Badcock, N.A., Ewing, L., Preece, K.A., Jeffery, L., Rhodes, G., & McArthur, G.M. (2013, April). Non-word reading and repetition predicts auditory perceptual anchoring in dyslexia. Paper presented at the 40th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Adelaide.
  • Badcock, N.A., Ewing, L., Preece, K.A., Jeffery, L., Rhodes, G., & McArthur, G.M. (2013, April). Updating auditory but not visual perceptual representations is related to reading: A study in developmental dyslexia. Poster session presented at the 40th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Adelaide.
  • Ewing, L., Caulfield, F., Read, A., & Rhodes, G. (2013, April). Does trust perception and behaviour change with development? Poster session presented at the 40th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Adelaide.
  • Rhodes, G., Jeffery, L., Taylor, L., Hayward, W.G., & Ewing, L. (2013, April). Adaptive face-coding mechanisms are linked to face expertise: Evidence from individual differences in face identity aftereffects. Paper presented at the 40th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Adelaide.
  • Ewing, L., Rhodes, G., & Pellicano, E. (2012, September). Atypical updating of face representations with experience in autism. Paper presented at the Australian Psychological Society National Conference, Perth.
  • Ewing, L. (2012, June). Face processing and autism. Presentation given at the ‘Beyond Likeness’ Art Exhibition of Contemporary Portraiture, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth.
  • Ewing, L., Pellicano, E., & Rhodes, G. (2012, May). Atypical updating of face representations with experience in children with autism. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Toronto, Canada.
  • Ewing, L., Pellicano, E., & Rhodes, G. (2012, May). Perceiving faces: Atypical representations in children with autism. Presentation given at the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.
  • Ewing, L., Pellicano, E., & Rhodes, G. (2012, May). Perceiving faces: Atypical representations in children with autism. Presentation given at the Department of Psychology, Brock University, St Catharines, Canada.
  • Ewing, L., Pellicano, E., & Rhodes, G. (2012, April). Atypical updating of face representations with experience in children with autism. Paper presented at the 39th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Ewing, L., Rhodes, G., & Pellicano, E. (2012, April). Atypical updating of face representations with experience in autism. Poster session presented at the 39th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Ewing, L., Rhodes, G., & Pellicano, E. (2011, November). Can atypical face rewards explain face processing impairments in autism? Presentation given at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Ewing, L., Rhodes, G., & Pellicano, E. (2011, May). Can atypical face rewards explain face processing impairments in autism? Paper presented at the Person Perception Seminar Series, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia.
  • Ewing, L., Rhodes, G., & Pellicano, E. (2011, April). Face processing impairments in autism spectrum conditions cannot be explained by atypical reward value of faces. Paper presented at the 38th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Ewing, L., Rhodes, G., & Pellicano, E. (2010, May). Specificity of Face Processing Impairments in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Presentation given at the Face Processing Research Interest Group, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, UK.
  • Ewing, L., Pellicano, E., & Rhodes, G. (2010, April). Specificity of face processing impairments in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Paper presented at the SEPEX/EPS combined meeting, Granada, Spain .
  • Ewing, L., Pellicano, E., & Rhodes, G. (2010, April). Specificity of face processing impairments in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Paper presented at the Newcastle University, Newcastle.
  • Ewing, L., Rhodes, G., & Pellicano, L. (2009, October). What can visual adaptation and aftereffects tell us about face processing impairments in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders? Paper presented at the Australian Psychological Society, Darwin.
  • Ewing, L., Rhodes, G., & Pellicano, E. (2008, March). Have you “got the look”? Gaze direction affects facial attractiveness. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society , Perth.
  • Lie, H., Ewing, L.A., Rhodes, G., & Tanaka, J.W. (2007, April). Effects of perceived race on face processing Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society , Canberra.
  • Rhodes, G., Maloney, L.T., Turner, J., & Ewing, L. (2006, May). Is the average face special? Poster session presented at the Vision Sciences Society, Florida.

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