Louise Ewing

Dr, BA MPsych PhD W.Aust.

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

    6009 Crawley


  • 454 Citations
  • 13 h-Index

Personal profile


2007 – 2012
Combined PhD /Applied Developmental Masters Program
School of Psychology, University of Western Australia
Thesis and revisions approved March 2012, awaiting conferral of degree.

2001 – 2004
University of Western Australia
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Major (1st Class Honours)

Roles and responsibilities

2011 – Current, University of Western Australia
Post-doctoral Research Associate
I am currently employed in the FaceLab in the School of Psychology. I am investigating person perception in typical and atypical development, with a particular focus of the mechanisms potentially underlying face processing difficulties in children with autism. My position is funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. Duties include independently conducting experimental studies, communicating and publishing research findings, and supervising student projects.


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.

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Projects 2012 2012

Research Output 2007 2018

  • 454 Citations
  • 13 h-Index
  • 30 Article
  • 1 Other contribution
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis

Atypical information-use in children with autism spectrum disorder during judgments of child and adult face identity

Ewing, L., Pellicano, E., King, H., Lennuyeux-Comnene, L., Farran, E. K., Karmiloff-Smith, A. & Smith, M. L. 19 May 2018 In : Developmental Neuropsychology. 43, 4, p. 370-384 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Autistic Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Open Access
Facial Expression
Autistic Disorder

A “spoon full of sugar” helps the medicine go down: How a participant friendly version of a psychophysics task significantly improves task engagement, performance and data quality in a typical adult sample

Smith, M. L., Cesana, M. L., Farran, E. K., Karmiloff-Smith, A. & Ewing, L. 23 Jun 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Behaviour Research Methods. p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Task Performance and Analysis
2 Citations

Developmental changes in the critical information used for facial expression processing

Ewing, L., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Farran, E. K. & Smith, M. L. 1 Sep 2017 In : Cognition. 166, p. 56-66 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Facial Expression
facial expression
1 Citations

Distinct profiles of information-use characterize identity judgments in children and low-expertise adults

Ewing, L., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Farran, E. K. & Smith, M. L. 1 Dec 2017 In : Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 43, 12, p. 1937-1943 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Face Processing