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Cathy Mondloch
Professor , Ph.D. (Indiana U.)

Associate Editor, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
Associate Investigator, Australian Research Council
Center of Excellence in Cognition & Its Disorders

Office: MC B320
Phone: (905)688-5550 ext.5111

Lab website



Developmental psychology
Perceptual Expertise

  • perceptual development
  • development of expert face processing
  • sensitivity to emotional expressions
  • role of early visual experience

Faces convey a wealth of information in our daily social interactions - information about the identity of individuals, their emotions, their gender and race, and their direction of gaze. Sensitivity to each of these cues is important for successful social interactions. My research interests centre on the development of various aspects of face processing and the role of early experience in mediating that development. My research program involves developing tasks that tap various components of face processing in adults and then adapting those tasks in order to test children of various ages. Currently we are investigating the development of norm-based coding, the development of sensitivity to emotional expressions, and the influence of context (e.g., background scenes, body posture, face race) on adults' and children's perception of facial displays of emotion. In addition, we are studying the influence of group membership (in-group versus out-group) on face perception and the extent to which children and adults can predict propensity towards aggression based on facial structure.


(for a more complete list of publications please visit my lab page (publications).

Fu, G., Mondloch, C.J., Ding, X-P., Short, L., Sun, L., Lee, K. The neural correlates of the face attractiveness aftereffect: A functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) study. NeuroImage, in press.

Mondloch, C.J., Segalowitz, S.J., Lewis, T.L., Dywan, J., Le Grand, R., & Maurer, D. The effect of early visual deprivation on the development of face detection. Developmental Science, in press.

Mondloch, C.J., Lewis, T.L., Levin, A.V., & Maurer, D. (2013). Infant face preferences after binocular deprivation. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 37, 148-153.

Mondloch, C.J., Horner, M., & Mian, J. (2013). Wide eyes and drooping arms: Adult-like congruency effects emerge early in the development of sensitivity to emotional faces and body postures. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 114, 203-216.

Mian, J.F., & Mondloch, C.J. (2012). Recognizing identity in the face of change: The development of an expression-independent representation of facial identity. Journal of Vision, 12, 1-11.

Zheng*, S., Mondloch, C.J., & Segalowitz, S. (2012). The timing of individual face recognition in the brain. Neuropsychologia, 50, 1451-1461.

Geniole*, S.N., Keyes*, A.E., Mondloch, C.J., Carre, J., & McCormick, A.M. (2012). Facing aggression: Cues differ for female versus male faces. PLoS ONE.

Mondloch, C.J. (2012). Sad or fearful? The influence of body posture on adults' and children's perception of facial displays of emotion. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 111, 180-196.

Short, L.A., Mondloch, C.J., McCormick, C.M., Carre, J.C., Ma, R., Fu, G., & Lee, K. (2012). Detection of propensity for aggression based on facial structure irrespective of face race. Evolution and Human Behavior, 33, 121-129..

Robbins, R.A., Maurer, D., Hatry, A., Anzures, G., & Mondloch, C.J. (2012). Effects of normal and abnormal visual experience on the development of opposing aftereffects for upright and inverted faces. Developmental Science, 15(2), 194-203. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2011.01116.x..

Mondloch, C.J., Lewis, T.L., Levin, A.V., & Maurer, D. (2013). Infant face preferences after binocular deprivation. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 37, 148-153.

Short, L.A., Hatry, A.J., & Mondloch, C.J. (2011). The development of norm-based coding and race-specific face prototypes: An examination of 5- and 8-year-olds' face space. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 108, 338-357.

Mondloch, C.J., Elms, N., Maurer, D., Rhodes, G., Hayward, W., Tanaka, J., & Zhou, G. (2010). Processes underlying the cross-race effect: Holistic, featural, and relational processing of own- and other-race faces. Perception, 39, 1065-1085.  

Short, L.A., & Mondloch, C.J. (2010). The importance of social factors is a matter of perception. Perception 39(11), 1562-1564.

Robbins, R.A., Nishimura, M., Mondloch, C.J., Lewis, T., & Maurer, D. (2010). Deficits in sensitivity to spacing after early visual deprivation in humans: A comparison of human faces, monkey faces, and houses. Developmental Psychobiology, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/dev.20473.

Mondloch, C.J., & Desjarlais, M. (2010). The function and specificity of sensitivity to cues to facial identity: An individual differences approach. Perception, 39: 819-829. doi: 10.1068/p6584.

Carre, JM, Morrissey, MD, Mondloch, CJU, McCormick, CM (2010). Estimating aggression from emotionally neutral faces: Which facial cues are diagnostic? Perception, 39:356-377.

Mondloch, C.J., Robbins, R., & Maurer, D. (2010). Discrimination of facial features by adults, 10-y6ear-olds, and cataract-reversal patients. Perception, 39, 184-194.

Mondloch, C.J., Le Grand, R., & Maurer, D. (2010). Development of expertise in face recognition. In Gauthier, I., Tarr, M.J., and Bub, D. (Eds.) Perceptual expertise; Bridging brain and behavior. (Pp. 67-106). Oxford University Press.

Carre, J., McCormick, C., & Mondloch, C.J. (2009). Facial structure is a reliable cue of aggressive behaviour. Psychological Science, 20, 1994-1998.

Brunet, P., Mondloch, C.J., & Schmidt, L. (2009). Shy children are less sensitive to some cues to facial recognition. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, D0I 101007/s10578-009-0150-0.

Brunet,, P.M., Heisz, J.J., Mondloch, C.J., Shore, D.I., Schmidt, L.A. (2009) Shyness and face scanning in children. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23, 909-914.

Rhodes, G., Ewing, L., Hayward, W., Maurer, D., Mondloch, C.J., Tanaka, J. (2009). Contact and other-race effects in configural and commponent processing of faces. British Journal of Psychology,100, 717-728 .

Vida, M., & Mondloch, C.J. (2009). Children's representations of facial expression and identity: Identity-contingent expression aftereffects. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 104, 326-345.

Anzures, G., Mondloch, C.J., & Lackner, C. (2009). Face adaptation and aftereffects in 8-year-olds and adults. Child Development, 80, 1780-0191.

Mondloch, C.J., & Thomson, K. (2008). Limitations in four-year-old children's sensitivity to the spacing among facial features. Child Development, 79, 1514-1524 .

Mondloch, C.J., & Maurer, D. (2008). The effect of face orientation on holistic processing. Perception, 37, 1175-1186.

Mondloch, C.J., Ahola, S., & Maurer, D. (2006). Becoming a face expert. Psychological Science, 17, 930-934.

Mondloch, C.J., Leis, A., & Maurer, D. (2006). Recognizing the Face of Johnny, Suzy, and Me: Insensitivity to the spacing among features at 4 years of age. Child Development, 77, 234-243.

Mondloch, C., Le Grand, R., & Maurer, D. Early visual experience is necessary for the development of some - but not all - aspects of face processing. In O. Pascalis & A. Slater (Eds.), The Development of Face Processing in Infancy and Early Childhood: Current Perspectives. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2003. Pp. 99-117.

Mondloch, C.J., Le Grand, R., & Maurer, D. (2002). Configural Face Processing Develops More Slowly than Featural Face Processing. Perception, 31, 553-566.

Maurer, D., Le Grand, R., & Mondloch, C.J. (2002). The Many Faces of Configural Processing. Trends in Cognitive Science, 6, 255-260.



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