Dr Amy Dawel

Senior Lecturer
College of Health & Medicine

I am a clinical and cognitive psychologist. My core area of research is emotions, focusing on facial expressions and empathy. My lab uses cognitive behavioural methods to understand how people interpret and respond to their own and other people's emotions. For example, one current line of investigation concerns emotional display rules—the beliefs people have about how they should express emotions—and how these relate to emotional health. My lab is also interested in understanding how people relate to computer-generated beings (e.g., virtual humans or avatars).

  • Dawel, A, Shou, Y, Gulliver, A et al. 2021, 'Cause or Symptom? A Longitudinal Test of Bidirectional Relationships Between Emotion Regulation Strategies and Mental Health Symptoms', Emotion, vol. 21, no. 7, pp. 1511-1521.
  • McKone, E, Dawel, A, Robbins, R et al. 2021, 'Why the other-race effect matters: Poor recognition of other-race faces impacts everyday social interactions', British Journal of Psychology, vol. Online, pp. 1-23.
  • Campbell, N, Dawel, A, Edwards, M et al. 2021, 'Does Motivational Intensity Exist Distinct From Valence And Arousal?', Emotion, vol. 21, no. 5, pp. 1013-1028.
  • Batterham, P, Calear, A, McCallum, S et al. 2021, 'Trajectories of depression and anxiety symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic in a representative Australian adult cohort', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 214, no. 10, pp. 462-468.
  • Gulliver, A, Banfield, M, Batterham, P et al. 2021, 'Effects of previous exposure to psychotherapeutic strategies on depression and anxiety symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic', BJPsych Open, vol. 7, no. 1, e38.
  • Goodhew, S, Dawel, A & Edwards, M 2020, 'Standardizing measurement in psychological studies: On why one second has different value in a sprint versus a marathon', Behavior Research Methods, vol. 52, pp. 2338-2348.
  • Dawel, A, Shou, Y, Smithson, M et al. 2020, 'The Effect of COVID-19 on Mental Health and Wellbeing in a Representative Sample of Australian Adults', Frontiers in Psychiatry, vol. 11, 579985
  • Lane, J, Robbins, R, Rohan, M et al. 2019, 'Caricaturing can improve facial expression recognition in low-resolution images and age-related macular degeneration', Journal of Vision, vol. 19, no. 6.
  • Dawel, A, Dumbleton, R, O'Kearney, R et al 2019, 'Reduced willingness to approach genuine smilers in social anxiety explained by potential for social evaluation, not misperception of smile authenticity', Cognition and Emotion, vol. 33, no. 7, pp. 1342-1355.
  • McKone, E, Wan, L, Pidcock, M et al. 2019, 'A critical period for faces: Other-race face recognition is improved by childhood but not adult social contact', Scientific Reports, vol. 9, no. 0.
  • Dawel, A, Wright, L, Dumbleton, R et al 2019, 'All Tears Are Crocodile Tears: Impaired Perception of Emotion Authenticity in Psychopathic Traits', Personality Disorders: Theory, Research and Treatment, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 185-197.
  • Dawel, A, Wong, T, McMorrow, J et al. 2018, 'Caricaturing as a General Method to Improve Poor Face Recognition: Evidence From Low-Resolution Images, Other-Race Faces, and Older Adults', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 256-279.
  • Palermo, R, Jeffery, L, Lewandowsky, J et al 2018, 'Adaptive face coding contributes to individual differences in facial expression recognition independently of affective factors', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 503-517pp.
  • Lane, J, Rohan, M, Sabeti, F et al. 2018, 'Impacts of impaired face perception on social interactions and quality of life in age-related macular degeneration: A qualitative study and new community resources', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 13, no. 12, pp. 31pp.
  • Dawel, A, Wright, L, Irons, J et al 2017, 'Perceived emotion genuineness: normative ratings for popular facial expression stimuli and the development of perceived-as-genuine and perceived-as-fake sets', Behavior Research Methods, vol. 49, no. 4, pp. 1539-1562.
  • Wan, L, Crookes, K, Dawel, A et al 2017, 'Face-blind for other-race faces: Individual differences in other-race recognition impairments', Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, vol. 146, no. 1, pp. 102-122pp.
  • O'Kearney, R, Salmon, K, Liwag, M et al 2016, 'Emotional Abilities in Children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD): Impairments in Perspective-Taking and Understanding Mixed Emotions are Associated with High Callous-Unemotional Traits', Child Psychiatry and Human Development, vol. Published online: 21 April 2016, pp. 1-12.
  • Hossain, M, Gedeon, T, Sankaranarayana, R et al. 2016, 'Pupillary Responses of Asian Observers in Discriminating Real from Fake Smiles: A Preliminary Study', Measuring Behaviour 10th International Conference on Methods and Techniques in Behavioural Research, ed. A. Spink, G. Riedel, L. Zhou, L. Teekens, R. Albatal, C. Gurrin, Dublin City University, Dublin Ireland, pp. 170 - 176pp.
  • Dawel, A, Palermo, R, O'Kearney, R et al 2015, 'Fearful faces drive gaze-cueing and threat bias effects in children on the lookout for danger', Developmental Science, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 219-231.
  • Dawel, A, Palermo, R, O'Kearney, R et al 2015, 'Children can discriminate the authenticity of happy but not sad or fearful facial expressions, and use an immature intensity-only strategy', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 6, no. 462, pp. 1-16.
  • Dawel, A, McKone, E, O'Kearney, R et al 2015, 'Elevated levels of callous unemotional traits are associated with reduced attentional cueing, with no specificity for fear or eyes', Personality Disorders: Theory, Research and Treatment, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 216-228.
  • Dawel, A, O'Kearney, R, McKone, E et al 2012, 'Not just fear and sadness: Meta-analytic evidence of pervasive emotion recognition deficits for facial and vocal expressions in psychopathy', Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, vol. 36, no. 10, pp. 2288 -2304.
  • Dawel, A & Anstey, K 2011, 'Interventions for midlife smoking cessation: A Literature review', Australian Psychologist, vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 190-195.
  • Susilo, B, McKone, E, Dennett, H et al. 2010, 'Face recognition impairments despite normal holistic processing and face space coding: Evidence from a case of developmental prosopagnosia', Cognitive Neuropsychology, vol. 27, no. 8, pp. 636-664.
  • Bowles, D, McKone, E, Dawel, A et al 2009, 'Diagnosing prosopagnosia: effects of ageing, sex, and participant-stimulus ethnic match on the Cambridge face Memory Test and Cambridge Face Perception Test', Cognitive Neuropsychology, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 423-455.
  • Rosli, Y, Maddess, T, Dawel, A, James, AC 2009, 'Multifocal frequency-doubling pattern visual evoked responses to dichoptic stimulation', Clinical Neurophysiology, vol. 120, no. 12, pp. 2100-2108.