Researcher Profile

Professor Gillian Rhodes

Gillian Rhodes
Gillian Rhodes

Phone: +61 8 6488 3251

Research Expertise:
  • Face perception
  • Visual cognition

Biography

Gillian Rhodes received her PhD from Stanford University in 1986 and is currently an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow and Winthrop Professor of Psychology at the University of Western Australia. She leads the Person Perception Program of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. Her research focuses on how we perceive, read, and recognize faces. She is the author of Superportraits: Caricatures and recognition, and has co-edited several volumes on face perception, including most recently, The Oxford Handbook of Face Perception.

Roles, responsibilities and expertise

Book Series Editor - Oxford Series in Visual Cognition (previously Advances in Visual Cognition), Oxford University Press (2003-present)
Associate Editor – Psychonomic Bulletin & Review (2007-2009)
Editorial Boards – British Journal of Psychology (2001-2006), Evolutionary Psychology (2006-2007), New Zealand Journal of Psychology (1994-2000), Perception (2006-present), Psychological Science (2005-2007), Psychonomic Bulletin & Review (2000-2006); Psychologia (2003-2010)
Attention & Performance Advisory Council, Member, 2011-present
International Advisor – Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 2008-present
Editor - New Zealand Journal of Psychology (1990-1993)
Grant Reviewer for: Australian Research Council, British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council (UK), Foundation for Research, Science & Technology (NZ), Health Research Council of NZ, Lotteries Health Research (NZ), National Science Foundation (US), Social Sciences Research Fund Committee (NZ), US-Israel Bi national Science Foundation; Canada Research Chairs program

Memberships

Fellow of the American Association for Psychological Science
Australian Psychological Society
Experimental Psychology Society (Australasian)
Human Behavior and Evolution Society
Psychonomic Society

New and Noteworthy

RECENT PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS (2005-2012)
Perception of configural and component information in own-race and other-race faces: An fMRI study. Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Beijing, June 2012 (W. G. Hayward, M. Zhao, S-H Cheung, A. C.-N. Wong, E. K. S. Chan, Winnie Chan, G. Rhodes).

Hot or not? The psychology and biology of beauty. Invited symposium talk, Symposium: The Art and Science of Face Perception. Art Gallery of New South Wales and Australasian Experimental Psychology conference, Sydney, April 2012. Invited symposium talk, Symposium: Portraiture, Science and Beauty. Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth, June 2012.

Atypical updating of face representations with experience in children with autism. Talk given at International Meeting for Autism Research, Toronto, May 2012 (L. Ewing, L. Pellicano & G. Rhodes).

Four year-olds use norm-based coding for face identity: Evidence from face identity aftereffects. Australasian Experimental Psychology conference, Sydney, April 2012 (L. Jeffery. A. Read & G. Rhodes).

Attentional preference for attractive faces. Australasian Experimental Psychology conference, Sydney, April 2012 (N. Kloth, L. Short & G. Rhodes).

Atypical updating of face representations with experience in children with autism. Australasian Experimental Psychology conference, Sydney, April 2012 (L. Ewing, E. Pellicano & G. Rhodes).

Person perception program overview. CCD Annual Workshop, Sydney, Nov 23-24, 2011.

Insights into the development of face recognition mechanisms revealed by face aftereffects, CCD Annual Workshop, Sydney, Nov 23-24, 2011 (L. Jeffery, G. Rhodes, E. McKone, E. Pellicano, K. Crookes, E. Taylor & A. Read).

Can atypical face rewards explain face processing impairments in autism. CCD Annual Workshop, Sydney, Nov 23-24, 2011 (L. Ewing, E. Pellicano & G. Rhodes).

Why are face composites difficult to recognize? Poster, Vision Sciences Society, Florida, May 2011 (W. G. Hayward, K. Crookes, S. K. Favelle & G. Rhodes).

Does the own-race advantage in face processing have a basis in holistic processing? Talk, ICOM, York, UK, July 2011 (W. G. Hayward, K. Crookes, S. K. Favelle & G. Rhodes).

Face processing impairments in autism spectrum conditions cannot be explained by atypical reward value of faces. Paper presented at the Australasian Experimental Psychology conference, Auckland, April 2011 (L. Ewing, G. Rhodes & L. Pellicano).

Children’s face aftereffects transfer across changes in viewpoint. Paper presented at the Australasian Experimental Psychology conference, Auckland, April 2011 (L. Jeffery, C. Rathbone, A. Reid & G. Rhodes).

Adaptation and aftereffects in normal and disordered face perception. Keynote lecture for Japanese Psychological Association Convention, Osaka, Sep 2010.

Now you see it, now you don’t: Shedding light on the Thatcher Illusion. Invited symposium talk, Japanese Psychological Association Convention, Osaka, Sep 2010.

Adaptation and aftereffects in normal and disordered face perception. Invited colloquium, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, September 2010.

Adaptive processes in normal and disordered face recognition. Keynote lecture for 15th Attention and Perception Conference, Chiayi, Taiwan, Oct 2010.

Facial Attractiveness: The Psychology and Biology of Beauty. Keynote lecture for 15th Attention and Perception Conference, Chiayi, Taiwan, Oct 2010.

Faces are represented relative to race-specific norms. Invited student talk, European Conference on Visual Perception, Lausanne, Switzerland, August 2010 (R. Armann, L. Jeffery, A. J. Calder, I. Bülthoff, G. Rhodes).

Children’s face coding is norm-based rather than exemplar-based: Evidence from face identity afterefffects. Poster, Vision Sciences Society, Florida, May 2010 (L. Jeffery, G. Rhodes, E. McKone, E. Pellicano, K. Crookes & L. Taylor).

Race-specific norms for coding face identity and a functional role for norms. Poster, Vision Sciences Society, Florida, May 2010 (R. Armann, L. Jeffery, A. W. Calder, I. Büelhoff & G. Rhodes).

Adaptive norm-based coding of faces, or why faces don’t all look the same. Invited symposium paper, SEPEX/EPS combined meeting, Granada, Spain, April 2010 (G. Rhodes, E. Jaquet, L. Jeffery & E. Evangelista).

Eye-gaze aftereffects in autism: Further evidence of weakened adaptive mechanisms. Invited symposium paper, SEPEX/EPS combined meeting, Granada, Spain, April 2010 (E. Pellicano & G. Rhodes).

Specificity of face processing impairments in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Paper presented at SEPEX/EPS combined meeting, Granada, Spain, April 2010 (L. Ewing, E. Pellicano & G. Rhodes). [Also presented at Newcastle University].

Adaptation and aftereffects in normal and disordered face perception. Keynote address, Australian Psychological Society, Darwin, Sep 2009; Invited colloquium, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, Nov 2009.

What can visual adaptation and aftereffects tell us about face processing impairments in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders? Meeting of the Australian Psychological Society, Darwin, Oct 2009 (L. Ewing, G. Rhodes & L. Pellicano).

Is it a girl or a boy? Adaptive coding of gender in autism. International Meeting for Autism Research, Chicago, USA, May 2009 (E. Pellicano, E. Jaquet, L. Jeffery & G. Rhodes).

Dissociating contributions of configural and component information to the own-race advantage in face recognition. Poster, Vision Sciences Society, Florida, May 2009 (W. G. Hayward, M. Zhao, O. Cheung, G. Rhodes & I. Gauthier).

The electrophysiological susbstrates of face-selective adaptation. Poster, Vision Sciences Society, Florida, May 2009 (A. Burkhardt, B. Schneider, G. Rhodes, L. Jeffery, D. Wyatte, J. DeLong, L. Blaha & T. Busey).

What norms are used in norm-based coding of identity? Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society meeting, Wollongong, April 2009 (G. Rhodes, E. Jaquet, L. Jeffery, E. Evangelista, J. Keane & A. J. Calder).

Adaptive norm-based coding of facial identity in children: The face identity aftereffect is selective for opposite identities. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society meeting, Wollongong, April 2009. (L. Jeffery, G. Rhodes & E. Pellicano).

Configural and component processing of own-race and other-race faces. Invited Symposium paper, Asia-Pacific Conference on Vision, Brisbane, Australia, July 2008 (W. G. Hayward, M. Zhao & G. Rhodes).

Face aftereffects during development: Pre-school children show adaptive norm-based coding of faces. Invited Symposium paper, Asia-Pacific Conference on Vision, Brisbane, Australia, July 2008 (L. Jeffery, E. McKone, R. Haynes, E. Firth & G. Rhodes).

The fusiform face area spontaneously codes spatial relations in faces. Poster, Vision Sciences Society, Florida, May 2008 (G. Rhodes, P. Michie, M. Hughes & G. Byatt).

It’s more than just physical: The contribution of social category information to race-selective face aftereffects. Poster, Vision Sciences Society, Florida, May 2008 (E. Jaquet, G. Rhodes & W. G. Hayward).

Other-race faces: Limitations of expert face processing. Poster, Vision Sciences Society, Florida, May 2008 (N. Elms, C. J. Mondloch, D. Maurer, W. G. Hayward, G. Rhodes, J. Tanaka & G. Zhou).

Aftereffects reveal enhanced face-coding plasticity in young children. Poster, Vision Sciences Society, Florida, May 2008 (L. Jeffery & G. Rhodes).

Adaptive processes in normal and disordered face perception. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society meeting, Perth, March 2008 (G. Rhodes, E. Pellicano, L. Jeffery & D. Burr).

More than just a pretty face? Male averageness and female symmetry signal genetic quality. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society meeting, Perth, March 2008 (H. Lie, G. Rhodes & L. Simmons). [STUDENT PRIZE]

Aftereffects reveal enhanced face-coding plasticity in young children. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society meeting, Perth, March 2008 (L. Jeffery & G. Rhodes).

Have you “got the look”? Gaze direction affects facial attractiveness. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society meeting, Perth, March 2008 (L. Ewing, G. Rhodes & E. Pellicano).

Adaptive processes in normal and disordered face recognition. Invited presentation, 7th Tsukuba International Conference on Memory, Tsukuba, Japan, March 2008 (G. Rhodes, E. Pellicano, E. Jaquet & L. Jeffery).

Adaptive processes in normal and disordered face perception. Invited talk, Bristol Vision Group, Dec 2007; Invited talk, Face Perception Symposium, Université Catholique de Louvain, Dec 2007.

Does attractiveness provide clues to semen quality in human males? Poster presented at the Biology of Spermatozoa Meeting, DerbyShire UK, September 2007. (M. Peters, G. Rhodes & L. W. Simmons)

The role of testosterone in human sexual selection. Poster presented at the summer meeting of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, September 2007 (M. Peters, L. W. Simmons & G. Rhodes)

More than just a pretty face? Heterozygosity and facial attractiveness. Paper presented at the summer meeting of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Sep 2007 (H. Lie, L. Simmons & G. Rhodes).

The timecourse of higher-level face aftereffects. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society meeting, Canberra, April 2007 (G. Rhodes, L. Jeffery, C. Clifford & D. Leopold)

Effects of perceived race on face processing. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society meeting, Canberra, April 2007 (H. Lie, L. A. Ewing, G. Rhodes & J. W. Tanaka)

Broadly tuned, view-specific coding of face shape: Opposing figural aftereffects can be induced in different views. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society meeting, Canberra, April 2007 (L. Jeffery, G. Rhodes & T. Busey)

Children adapting to the world: Evidence of norm-based coding of faces in 8-year-olds. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Child Development meeting, Boston, March 2007 (M. Nishimura, D. Maurer, G. Rhodes, L. Jeffery, L. Pellicano); also presented at the Center for Vision Research Conference, York University, Toronto, June 2007.

Pre-schoolers’ sensitivity to holistic and configural cues in faces. Paper presented at the Society for Research on Child Development pre-conference workshop on Development of Face Processing, Boston, March 2007 (L. Pellicano & G. Rhodes)

Face perception in autism: is identity coded relative to a norm? Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society, University College London, UK, Jan 2007 (E. Pellicano, L. Jeffery & G. Rhodes)

Don’t I know you? Enhanced recognition of facial identity following adaptation. Paper presented at the Australian Neuroscience Society, Sydney 2006 (T. Watson, G. Rhodes, & C. W. G. Clifford)

Effects of exposure to thin and fat bodies on perceptions of body normality and ideals in body
satisfied and dissatisfied women. Paper presented at Appearance Matters 2, Bath, UK, June 2007 (R. Glauert, G. Rhodes, S. Byrne, B, Fink & K. Grammer)

Norm-based coding of faces adapts to help us identify those around us. Poster, Vision Sciences Society, Florida, May 2006 (T. Watson, G. Rhodes & C. W. G. Clifford)

Is the average face special? Poster, Vision Sciences Society, Florida, May 2006 (G. Rhodes, L. T. Maloney, J. Turner, & L. Ewing)

View-specific coding of face-shape. Poster, Vision Sciences Society, Florida, May 2006 (L. Jeffery, G. Rhodes & T. Busey)

Figural aftereffects transfer, but are also contingent on, race categories. Poster, Vision Sciences Society, Florida, May 2006 (E. Jaquet, G. Rhodes & W. Hayward)

The evolution of beauty. Invited Jo Wales Seminar, Townsville, Jame Cook University. Nov, 2005.

Face aftereffects reveal face coding mechanisms. Invited colloquia, University of Queensland, University of New South Wales, Oct-Nov, 2005. University of Western Australia, July 2005.

Relative contributions of the face and body to overall attractiveness. Paper presented at the Australasian Evolution Society Meeting, Fremantle, Australia, September 2005. (M. Peters, G. Rhodes & L. Simmons).

Norm-based coding of face identity. Paper presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception, La Coruna, Spain, August 2005. (G. Rhodes & L. Jeffery).

Norm-based opponent coding of face identity. Invited colloquium, University of Oxford and MRC Cognitive and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, England, August 2005. (G. Rhodes & L. Jeffery).

Exploring face-space using the psychologist’s microelectrode: What face aftereffects can tell us about face perception. Invited speaker, Expert Meeting on Face Perception, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, September 2005. (G. Rhodes & L. Jeffery).

Norm-based opponent coding of face identity. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society meeting, Melbourne, April 2005. (G. Rhodes & L. Jeffery).

Do you see what I see? Body dissatisfaction and the perception of normal weight. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society meeting, Melbourne, April 2005. (R. Glauert, G. Rhodes & S. Byrne).

The relative contributions of the face and body to overall attractiveness. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society meeting, Melbourne, April 2005. (M. Peters, G. Rhodes & L. Simmons).

Do face aftereffects transfer across views? Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society meeting, Melbourne, April 2005. (L. Jeffery, G. Rhodes & T. Busey).

Can we process own- and other-race faces independently? Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society meeting, Melbourne, April 2005. (E. Jaquet & G. Rhodes).

The Upsides and Downsides of Face Recognition: The Effect of Contact and Inversion on the Recognition of Other-Race Faces. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society meeting, Melbourne, April 2005 (K. Hancock & G. Rhodes).

The dynamics of visual adaptation to faces. VSS, Sarasota, Florida, May 2005 (D. A. Leopold, G. Rhodes, K-M Mueller & L. Jeffery).

Own-race face effects in processing of configural and component information by Chinese participants. VSS, Sarasota, Florida, May 2005 (W. Hayward, G. Rhodes, A. Schwaninger & C. Winkler).

Face adaptation contingent on orientation. VSS, Sarasota, Florida, May 2005 (T. L. Watson, G. Rhodes & C. W. G. Clifford).

Previous Positions

Australian Professorial Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Western Australia, 2003-present
Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Western Australia, 1996-2002
Visiting Scientist, Vision Sciences Laboratory, Harvard University, April-May, 2000
Visiting Researcher, Advanced Telecommunications Research Laboratories, Human Information Processing Laboratory, Kyoto, Japan, Sep-Dec 1999
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, NZ, 1994-1996
Visiting Professor, Department of Psychology, Queen's University, May-Aug, 1992
Visiting Scientist, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aug-Dec, 1992
Visiting Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon (Eugene), Jan-March, 1993
Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, NZ, 1987-1993
Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Otago, NZ, 1986-87

Qualifications

BSc Cant., MSc Auck., PhD Stan.

Teaching

Perception
Neuropsychology of Vision
Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive Science

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