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Professor Mel Rutherford

BA Yale, PhD UCSB.

Mel Rutherford

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Phone : +1 905 525 9140 ext27120
Fax : +1 905 529 6225
email : rutherm@mcmaster.ca
Homepage : http://psych.mcmaster.ca/rutherford/

External Address

Department of Psychology
McMaster University, Canada

Recent Grants Awarded

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2013 - 2016) "Developmental relationships among social perceptual and social cognitive measures in infants at risk for autism spectrum disorders and in control infants." Rutherford, M.D. ($211,737)
  • Canada Research Chair Tier II - Canada Research Chair in Social Perceptual Development (2012 - 2017) (CAD $500,000) Rutherford, M.D. ($470,540)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (2011 - 2014) "Face processing strategies in those with and without autism spectrum disorders." Rutherford, M.D. ($90,950)
  • National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) (2009 - 2014) "Care knowledge and development in infants and young children: Evidence from visual perception." Rutherford, M.D. ($110,000)

Selected Publications

Books

  • Rutherford, M.D., & Kuhlmeier, V.A. (2013). Social Perception: Detection and Interpretation of Animacy, Agency, and Intention. Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • Rutherford, M.D. (2011). Child Development: Perspectives in Developmental Psychology. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Rutherford, M.D. (2013). Evidence for specialized perception of animate motion. In M.D. Rutherford & V.A. Kuhlmeier (Eds.), Social Perception: Detection and Interpretation of Animacy, Agency, and Intention (pp. 115-138). Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • Rutherford, M.D., & Kuhlmeier, V.A. (2013). The interdisciplinary study of social perception. In M.D. Rutherford & V.A. Kuhlmeier (Eds.), Social Perception: Detection and Interpretation of Animacy, Agency, and Intention (pp. 1-8). Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • Rutherford, M.D., & Kuhlmeier, V.A. (2013). The perception of animacy and intentional behavior. In M.D. Rutherford & V.A. Kuhlmeier (Eds.), Social Perception: Detection and Interpretation of Animacy, Agency, and Intention (pp. 111-114). Cambridge: MIT Press.

Periodicals

  • Walsh, J.A., Maurer, D., Vida, M., Rhodes, G., Jeffery, L., & Rutherford, M. (2015). Norm-based coding of facial identity in adults with autism spectrum disorder. Vision Research, 108, 33-40. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2014.11.018
  • Morrisey, M., & Rutherford, M.D. (2013). Do hands attract attention? Visual Cognition, 21(5), 647-672. doi:10.1080/13506285.2013.817495
  • Nagai, M., Bennett, P., Rutherford, M.D., Gaspar, C.M., Takatsune, K., & Sekuler, A.B. (2013). Comparing face processing strategies between typically-developed and observers with autism using sub-sampled-pixels presentation in response classification technique. Vision Research, 79, 27-35.
  • Vida, M., Walsh, J., Rutherford, M.D., Maurer, D., Rhodes, G., & Calder, A.J. (2013). The influences of face inversion and facial expression on sensitivity to eye contact in high-functioning adults with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(11), 2536-2548. doi:10.1007/s10803-013-1802-2
  • Anderson, M., & Rutherford, M.D. (2012). Cognitive reorganization during pregnancy and the postpartum period: An evolutionary perspective. Evolutionary Psychology, 10(4), 659-687.
  • Cheal, J.L. & Rutherford, M.D. (2012). Context dependent categorical perception of surprise. Perception, 42(3), 294-301.
  • Rutherford, M.D., & Przednowek, M. (2012). Fathers show modifications of infant-directed action similar to that of mothers. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 111(3), 367-378.
  • Rutherford, M.D., Troubridge, E., & Walsh, J.A. (2012). Visual afterimages of emotional faces in high functioning autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42(2), 221-229.
  • Anderson, M. & Rutherford, M.D. (2011). Recognition of Male Faces is Enhanced During Pregnancy. Evolutionary Psychology, 9(1), 47-60.
  • Cheal, J.L. & Rutherford, M.D. (2011). Categorical perception of emotional facial expressions in preschoolers. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 110(3), 434-443.
  • Rutherford, M.D & Troje. N.F. (2011). IQ predicts biological motion perception in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42(4), 557-565.
  • Subiaul, F., Vonk, J., & Rutherford, M.D. (2011). The Ghosts in the Computer: The Role of Agency and Animacy Attributions in “Ghost Controls”. PLOS One, 6(11), e26429. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026429

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Walsh, J.A., Maurer, D., Vida, M.A., Rhodes, G., Jeffery, L., & Rutherford, M.D. (2014, May). Face identity is encoded relative to the norm in adults with autism spectrum disorder. Poster session presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), St Pete Beach, USA.
  • Lee, V. & Rutherford, M.D. (2013, July). Infants use of confidence and competence cues in social learning. Presentation given at the Annual Meetings of the Human Behaviour and Evolution Society, Miami, USA.
  • Walsh, J.A., & Rutherford, M.D. (2013, May). Gender aftereffects in adults with autism spectrum disorder. Poster session presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Vision Science Society, Naples, USA.
  • Lee, V. & Rutherford, M.D. (2013, April). The development of categorical perception of facial emotions. Presentation given at the Bi-Annual Meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, USA.
  • Lee, V. & Rutherford, M.D. (2013, April). Infants are sensitive to confidence cues when observing third-party interactions. Presentation given at the Bi-Annual Meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, USA.
  • Morrisey, M. & Rutherford, M.D. (2013, April). A sex difference in auditory motion perception in 9-month-old infants. Presentation given at the Bi-Annual Meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, USA.
  • Rutherford, M.D. (2013, April). Evidence of top-down processing in face perception. Presentation given at the Bi-Annual Meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, USA.
  • Rutherford, M.D. (2013, April). Social perception in the visual domain in those with ASD and in typical visual processing. Colloquium at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
  • Vida, M., Maurer, D., Calder, A., Rhodes, G., Walsh, J.A., Pachai, M., & Rutherford, M.D. (2013, April). The influences of facial expression and face inversion on sensitivity to eye contact in adults with autism spectrum disorders. Poster session presented at the Bi-Annual Meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, USA.
  • Walsh, J.A. & Rutherford, M.D. (2013, April). Strategies for perceiving facial expressions in adults with autism spectrum disorder. Presentation given at the Bi-Annual Meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, USA.
  • Rutherford, M.D. (2013, March). Evidence of functional specialization in social cognition. Colloquium at the Department of Child & Youth Studies, Brock University, St Catharines, Canada.
  • Anderson, M., & Rutherford, M.D. (2012, June). Evidence of a nesting psychology during human pregnancy. Presentation given at the Human Behaviour and Evolution Society, Albuquerque, USA.
  • Benarroch, M., Rutherford, M.D., & Lipman, C. (2012, June). Adding context to a surprise face: The surprising case of surprise. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS), Kingston, Canada.
  • Lee, V., Cheal, J.L., Vera-Cruz M., & Rutherford, M.D. (2012, June). Categorical perception of facial expressions in infancy. Presentation given at the International Society on Infant Studies, Minneapolis, USA.
  • Morrisey, M., & Rutherford, M.D. (2012, June). Do human hands capture attention? Presentation given at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS), Ontario, Canada.
  • Robson, S., Kuhlmeier, V.A., Lee, V., & Rutherford, M.D. (2012, June). Can infants attribute multiple preferences to others? Presentation given at the International Society on Infant Studies, Minneapolis, USA.
  • Rutherford, M.D., & Walsh, J.A. (2012, May). Group difference in feature scanning while learning novel faces. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, USA.
  • Walsh, J.A., & Rutherford, M.D. (2012, May). Group differences in feature scanning while learning novel faces. Paper presented at the International Meetings for Autism Research, Toronto, Canada.
  • Walsh, J.A., & Rutherford, M.D. (2012, May). The brain basis of emotional aftereffects: An ERP study. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, USA.
  • Walsh, J.A., & Rutherford, M.D. (2012, March). Examining the role of familiarity on feature scanning of faces in autism spectrum disorders. Paper presented at the Current Research in Engineering Science and Technology Conference, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.
  • Rutherford, M. (2011, June). Evidence for specialized perception of animate motion. Colloquium at the Social Perception Workshop, McMaster University.
  • Lee, V., Kuhlmeier, V.A., & Rutherford, M.D. (2011, April). For 2-Year-Olds, Gravity rules for animate and inanimate objects. Presentation given at the Bi-Annual Meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.
  • Walsh, J.A. Lee, V., & Rutherford, M.A. (2011, April). Characterizing Social Perceptual Interest in Infants at Risk for autism and controls: A test of the Social Orienting Hypothesis Presentation given at the Bi-Annual Meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

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