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Dr. Nicole Nelson
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Dr. Nicole Nelson
Nicole joined the School in 2014. She is a developmental psychologist whose research centres on how children and adults learn about and understand emotional expressions, including how we integrate facial, postural and vocal expression cues; incorporation of situational information into emotion understanding; the role of movement in expression recognition; and how cultural information informs our understanding of others’ expressions.
Room:
McElwain 333
Email:
Phone:
+61 7 3365 6427
Fax:
+61 7 3365 4466
Postal Address:
School of Psychology
McElwain Building
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072
Australia

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Dr. Nicole Nelson
Topics:
Emotion, emotional expressions, children, eye-tracking, body posture
Course Coordinator:
  • Semester 1, 2017
    PSYC2030 - Developmental Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2016
    PSYC2030 - Developmental Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2016
    PSYC2030 - Developmental Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2015
    PSYC2030 - Developmental Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2015
    PSYC2030 - Developmental Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2014
    PSYC2030 - Developmental Psychology

Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.

Research Area:
Developmental Psychology
Synopsis:

I am broadly interested in understanding how children (and adults) learn about and understand emotional expressions.  More specific lines of research focus on: how we integrate facial, postural, and vocal expression cues; our incorporation of situational information into emotion understanding; what role movement plays in expression recognition; how cultural information informs our understanding of others’ expressions; how children decide which expression movements to learn about. 

I am happy to supervise students interested in developing new projects based on the topics above.  I also have several projects in development, which students are welcome to adopt:

 

1)      Children’s expression recognition (particularly this expression) and whether it is related to experiences of relational aggression/bullying in school-aged children.

 

2)      Does the way we exaggerate expressions for children help them identify that movement as an expression? [eye-tracking study]

 

3)      Can visual attention tell us how children integrate facial and postural expression cues? [eye-tracking study]

 

4)      How do parents talk to children about concepts like ‘surprise’? 

 

5)      What information do spontaneous expressions of fear convey to others?

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