• The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 472 Citations
  • 11 h-Index

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Ph.D in Psychology, University of York (2011-2015)
MRes in Psychology, University of York (2010-11)
B.Sc. Psychology, University of Glasgow (2006-2010)


Previous research has found that people easily and reliably make social judgements such as attractiveness or trustworthiness from faces. However, this line of work tends to focus on the cues in faces themselves. My research aims to examine the influence of prior categorical knowledge and associated stereotypes on these judgements. I am also interested in the idea that different photographs of the same people can give rise to different impressions and in using face images with a wide range of variability.

My research has been funded by the ARC, ESRC, British Psychological Society, Experimental Psychological Society and Brain.

Funding overview

ARC Discovery project (DP170104602, 2017-2019)
ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Postdoc Exchange Scheme (2017)
ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Cross Program grant (2016)
Brain, ARC, PsyPAG, EPS and BPS assorted research, travel and dissemination funding (2009+)
ESRC Overseas Institutional Visit (University of New South Wales, 2014)
ESRC Student Internship (Cybercrime, Home Office, 2012-2013)
ESRC 1+3 Studentship (University of York, 2010-2014)

Industrial relevance

First impressions are clearly very important for a wide range of consumer industries. For example, my previous work has suggested that trustworthiness, competence and attractiveness are key judgements made by people when they first see a face.

Research expertise keywords

  • Face perception
  • Person perception
  • Social cognition
  • Visual cognition
  • Stereotyping

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Research Output

  • 472 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
  • 26 Article
  • 2 Other contribution
  • 1 Other output
  • 1 Comment/debate
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  • Individual differences in trust evaluations are shaped mostly by environments, not genes

    Sutherland, C., Burton, N., Wilmer, J., Blokland, G., Germine, L., Palermo, R., Collova, J. & Rhodes, G., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Reply to Cook and Over: Social learning and evolutionary mechanisms are not mutually exclusive

    Sutherland, C. A. M., Collova, J. R., Palermo, R., Germine, L., Rhodes, G., Blokland, G. A. M., Burton, N. S. & Wilmer, J. B., 14 Jul 2020, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 117, 28, p. 16114-16115 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    Appearance-based trust processing in schizophrenia

    Sutherland, C. A. M., Rhodes, G., Williams, N., Connaughton, E., Ewing, L., Caruana, N. & Langdon, R., 6 Sep 2019, In : British Journal of Clinical Psychology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    Do facial impressions reflect a shared social reality?

    Sutherland, C. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 2019



    Datasets for the publication: "Facial first impressions across culture: data-driven modelling of Chinese and British perceivers’ unconstrained facial impressions"

    Sutherland, C. (Creator), Liu, X. (Creator), Zhang, L. (Creator), Chu, Y. (Creator), Oldmeadow, J. A. (Creator) & Young, A. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 31 Jan 2018





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    May 2017

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