University of Nottingham Malaysia
School of Psychology

Face Perception Group

Our research

The Face Perception Group investigates the way in which the appearance of people’s faces and bodies influence the way in which others view them.

We use perceptual psychological techniques to examine the cues that people use to attribute things to faces like:

  • attractiveness
  • health
  • age

We are also interested in how accurate people’s judgements are, using biological techniques to assess people’s actual health. We use questionnaires and psychological assessment techniques to assess how different people perceive faces.

Another arm of our research concerns the way in which autistic and neurotypical individuals perceive the world. What are the similarities and differences between these groups?

Current projects

Autism and neurotypical individuals

Do autistic and neurotypical individuals use different cues to assess attractiveness in faces?

Culture and ethnicity

Do individuals from different cultures and ethnic groups use facial cues differently in assessing health or recognising faces?

Exercise and appearance

How does exercise affect the appearance of our faces and bodies?

Parenting and perception

How does parenting style affect adolescents' perception of threat in faces?



  • Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol, UK
  • Anthropology, Durham University, UK
  • Psychology, University of St Andrews, UK
  • Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Psychology, Brunel University, UK
  • Psychology, University of Western Australia
  • Animal Biology, University of Western Australia
  • Genetics, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK    
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School of Psychology

University of Nottingham Malaysia
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Selangor Darul Ehsan

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