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Dr Amy Dawel

BA UTAS/ANU, PhD ANU.

Amy Dawel

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

email : amy.dawel@anu.edu.au
ORCID : http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6668-3121

External Address

Research School of Psychology,
Australian National University

Profile

I completed my PhD (Clinical Psychology) at The Australian National University in 2015, under the supervision of Professor Elinor McKone, Associate Professor Romina Palermo and Associate Professor Richard O'Kearney. My research examines how children and adults recognise faces and facial expressions, how they process other social cues like eye-gaze, and how these abilities are associated with individual differences in personality variables, like empathy and callousness.

In my new role as a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Australian National University, I am looking at what types of facial expressions are perceived as showing real, genuine emotion, versus those that are perceived as just pretending emotion. I am particularly interested in the different responses that these two types of expressions elicit from people.

I am also working on a project lead by Professor Elinor McKone that aims to improve face identity and expression recognition in conditions where they are usually poor, using theoretical knowledge about how we process faces. We hope that the results from this project will eventually help to improve face recognition for other-race faces (e.g., for passport identification) and when visual information is degraded (e.g., CCTV, in bionic eye wearers, and in people with Age-related Macular Degeneration [AMD]).

Awards

  • Australian Psychological Society, Award for Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology (2015), Dawel, A.
  • CCD Excellence in Research Student Award: Outstanding 2014 Publication (2015), Dawel, A. ($1,000)
  • CCD Annual Workshop Highly Commended PhD Poster Award (2014), Dawel, A.

Recent Grants Awarded

  • ARC CCD Postdoc Exchange Scheme (2017) Dawel, A. ($12,500)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Periodicals

  • Dawel, A., Wright, L., Irons, J., Dumbleton, R., Palermo, R., O'Kearney, R., & McKone, E. (2017). Perceived emotion genuineness: Normative ratings for popular facial expression stimuli and development of perceived-as-genuine and perceived-as-fake sets. Behavior Research Methods, 49(4), 1539-1562. doi:10.3758/s13428-016-0813-2
  • O'Kearney, R., Salmon, K., Liwag, M., Fortune, C.-A., & Dawel, A. (2017). Emotional abilities in children with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD): Impairments in perspective-taking and understanding mixed emotions are associated with high callous–unemotional traits. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 48(2), 346-357. doi:10.1007/s10578-016-0645-4
  • Wan, L., Crookes, K., Dawel, A., Pidcock, M., Hall, A., & McKone, E. (2017). Face-blind for other-race faces: Individual differences in other-race recognition impairments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146(1), 102-122. doi:10.1037/xge0000249
  • Dawel, A., McKone, E., O’Kearney, R., Sellbom, M., Irons, R., & Palermo, R. (2015). Elevated levels of callous unemotional traits are associated with reduced attentional cueing, with no specificity for fear or eyes. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 6(3), 216-228.
  • Dawel, A., Palermo, R., O'Kearney, R., Irons, J., & McKone, E. (2015). Fearful faces drive gaze-cueing and threat bias effects in children on the lookout for danger. Developmental Science, 18(2), 219-231. doi:10.1111/desc.12203
  • Dawel, A., Palermo, R., O’Kearney, R., & McKone, E. (2015). Children can discriminate the authenticity of happy but not sad or fearful facial expressions, and use an immature intensity-only strategy. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 462. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00462
  • Dawel, A., O'Kearney, R., McKone, E., & Palermo, R. (2012). Not just fear and sadness: Meta-analytic evidence of pervasive emotion recognition deficits for facial and vocal expressions in psychopathy. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 36, 2288-2304.
  • Susilo, T., McKone, E., Dennett, H., Darke, H., Palermo, R., Hall, A., Pidcock, M., Dawel, A., Jeffery, L., Wilson, C. E., & Rhodes, G. (2010). Face recognition impairments despite normal holistic processing and face space coding: Evidence from a case of developmental prosopagnosia. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 27(8), 636-664.
  • Bowles, D.C., McKone, E., Dawel, A., Duchaine, B., Palermo, R., Schmalzl, L., Rivolta, D., & Wilson, C.E. (2009). Diagnosing prosopagnosia: Effects of aging, sex, and participant stimulus ethnic match on the Cambridge Face Memory Test and Cambridge Face Perception Test. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 26(5), 423-455. doi:10.1080/02643290903343149

Published Abstracts

  • McKone, E., Dawel, A., Susilo, T., Dennett, H., Edwards, M., & Aimola Davies, A. M (2009). Towards a new theory of face recognition: The need to integrate holistic processing and face-space approaches [Abstract]. Combined abstracts of 2009 Australian Psychology Conferences.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Dawel, A., Wright, L., Irons, J., Gumbleton, R., Palermo, R., O'Kearney, R., & McKone, E. (2017, April). Are popular posed 'emotion' stimuli good enough for research? Paper presented at the Selective Attention and Individual Differences in Motivation and Emotion Forum Meeting, 44th Annual Conference of Australasian Society of Experimental Psychology (EPC17), Shoal Bay.
  • Mewton, P., Apthorp, D., McKone, E., Dzhelyova, M., Rossion, B., & Dawel, A. (2017, April). Neural discrimination between genuine and posed facial expressions: Fast Periodic Visual Stimulation (FPVS) reveals highly reliable EEG markers. Poster session presented at the 44th Annual Conference of Australasian Society of Experimental Psychology (EPC17), Shoal Bay.
  • Dawel, A. (2016, September). Deficits in emotion recognition are specific to fear in high callous unemotional traits, but not global psychopathy, and may be explained by abnormalities in general attention. Paper presented at the 50th Australian Psychological Society Congress, Melbourne.
  • Dawel, A., Wright, L., Irons, J., Gumbleton, R., Palermo, R., O'Kearney, R., & McKone, E. (2016, August). Are posed “emotion” expression stimuli good enough? Not for research on social anxiety! Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Hossain, M.Z., Gedeon, T., Sankaranarayana, R., Apthorp, D., & Dawel, A. (2016, May). Pupillary responses of Asian observers in discriminating real from fake smiles: A preliminary study. Paper presented at the Measuring Behavior, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Dawel, A., Palermo, R., O'Kearney, R., Irons, J., & McKone, E. (2015, November). Fearful faces drive gaze-cueing and threat bias effects in children on the lookout for danger. Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Dawel, A., Palermo, R., O'Kearney, R., Sellbom, M., Irons, J., & McKone, E. (2015, June). Contrasting three theories of attention to emotions: Individuals high in callous unemotional traits can ignore goal-irrelevant cues to attention with no specificity for fear or eyes. Paper presented at the 6th Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy, Chicago, USA.
  • Dawel, A., Palermo, R., O'Kearney, R., Sellbom, M., Irons, J., & McKone, E. (2015, June). Contrasting three theories of attention to emotions: Individuals high in callous unemotional traits can ignore goal-irrelevant cues to attention with no specificity for fear or eyes. Poster session presented at the 6th Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy, Chicago, USA.
  • Dawel, A., Palermo, R., O'Kearney, R., Sellbom, M., Irons, J., & McKone, E. (2015, April). Following others' eye-gaze is not always mandatory. Paper presented at the 42nd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Dawel, A., Palermo, R., O’Kearney, R., Wright, L., Dumbleton, R., Irons, J., & McKone, E. (2015, March). Why it is problematic for research to use only posed facial expression stimuli. Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders International Person Perception Workshop, Perth.
  • Dawel, A., McKone, E., O’Kearney, R., Irons, J., & Palermo, R. (2014, August). Face expression processing and attentional cueing in callous-unemotional traits. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Dawel, A., McKone, E., O'Kearney, R., Irons, J. & Palermo, R. (2014, April). Do current face "emotion" stimuli really display emotion? Differences between posed and genuinely-felt face expressions. Paper presented at the 41st Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Brisbane.
  • Dawel, A., McKone, E., O'Kearney, R., Irons, J., & Palermo, R. (2013, November). Attention abnormalities in callous unemotional traits are not specific to eye-gaze or fear. Paper presented at the 7th Australian Cognitive Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Research Forum (ACNCN), Sydney.
  • Dawel, A., McKone, E., O'Kearney, R., Irons, J., & Palermo, R. (2013, October). Attention abnormalities in callous unemotional traits are not specific to eye-gaze or fear. Colloquium at the 8th Annual Brain Sciences UNSW Symposium, Sydney.
  • Dawel, A., McKone, E., Irons, J., O'Kearney, R., & Palermo, R. (2013, May). Look out! Gaze-cueing is greater from fearful faces in a dangerous context for children and adults. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, USA.
  • Dawel, A., McKone, E., & Palermo, R. (2012, April). The ability of children and adults to discriminate between genuine and posed facial expressions. Poster session presented at the 39th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.

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