Dr Amy Dawel

BA (Hons Psychology) ANU, PhD (Clinical Psychology) ANU
College of Health & Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Cognitive Sciences 1702
  • Sensory Processes, Perception And Performance 170112
  • Personality, Abilities And Assessment 170109
  • Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) 170101
  • Developmental Psychology And Ageing 170102


I am a cognitive and clinical psychologist. My research examines how people perceive and respond to rapidly changing social cues in the face—namely facial expressions and eye-gaze. I have a particular interest in perception of and responses to genuine emotion, as compared to symbolic or posed facial expressions. My work examines both the mechanisms and impact of individual differences in these social cognition abilities, including associations with clinical and personality traits, using behavioural and EEG technqiues.

Available student projects

I am currently seeking PhD students to investigate the following topics:

  • What physical information in faces drives percepts of genuine emotion?
  • How is social meaning attributed to genuine and posed expressions?
  • In what ways do percepts of emotion genuineness influence behaviour?
  • EEG markers of expression-context integration, using Fast Periodic Visual Stimuluation (FPVS)
  • Understanding the neural pathways to genuine and posed emotion through case studies of facial paresis

Past student projects

Rachael Dumbleton (with Prof. McKone & Prof. O’Kearney), Master of Clinical Psychology, awarded 2017.

Thesis title: Using genuine instead of posed facial expression stimuli can lead to substantively different research outcomes: An example from social anxiety.


Luke Wright (with Prof. McKone), Master of Clinical Psychology, awarded 2017.

Thesis title: Psychopathic traits and reduced intent to help people displaying distress: Blair’s model and the mediating role of arousal and emotion authenticity.


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