BSc (Canterbury NZ), MSc (Hons) (Auckland NZ), PhD (Stanford)


Professor Gillian Rhodes is a Winthrop Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Western Australia, where she holds an Australian Research Council Distinguished Outstanding Researcher Award. She leads the Person Perception Program of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. Professor Rhodes specialises in perception, with a focus on the mechanisms (perceptual, cognitive, neural and evolutionary) underlying our expertise in face perception, how these can vary between individuals, how they develop during childhood and how they may be impaired in disorders such as autism.

  • ARC Professorial Fellow 2003 - 2012
  • Fellow, American Association for Psychological Science
  • Series Editor, Oxford Series in Visual Cognition (previously Advances in Visual Cognition), Oxford University Press (2003 - )
  • Editorial Board Member, Perception (2006 - )
  • Member, Attention & Performance Advisory Council
  • International Advisor, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews

Main Teaching and Research Posts

  • Winthrop Professor, University of Western Australia (1996, ongoing)
  • Australian Professorial Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Western Australia (2003 - 2012)
  • Visiting Researcher, Advanced Telecommunications Research Laboratories, Human Information Processing Laboratory, Kyoto, Japan (Sept - Dec 1999)
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, NZ (1994 - 1996)
  • Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, NZ (1987 - 1993)
  • Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Otago, NZ (1986 - 1987)
  • Fellow, American Association for Psychological Science (2011 - )
  • ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (2013 - 2015)
  • ARC Professorial Fellowship (2008 - 2012)
  • ARC Professorial Fellowship (2003 - 2007)
  • Golden Jubilee Special Award, New Zealand Psychological Society (1998)

Rhodes, G, Jeffery, L, Taylor, L & Ewing, L (2013), Autistic traits are linked to reduced adaptive coding of face identity and selectively poorer face recognition in men but not in women, in Neuropsychologia (in press)

Jeffery, L, Reid, A & Rhodes, G (2013), Four year-olds use norm-based coding for face identity, in Cognition, 127, 258 - 263

Rhodes, G, Jeffery, L, Boeing, A & Calder, A J (2013), Visual coding of human bodies: Perceptual aftereffects reveal norm-based, opponent coding of body identity, in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 39, 313 - 317

Rhodes, G, Morley, G & Simmons, L W (2013), Women can judge sexual unfaithfulness from unfamiliar men's faces, in Biology Letters, 9(1), 20120908

Calder, A J, Rhodes, G, Johnson, M H & Haxby, J V (Eds) (2011) The Oxford Handbook of Face Perception. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Lie, H C, Rhodes, G & Simmons, L W (2008), Genetic diversity revealed in human faces, in Evolution, 62(10), 2473 - 2486

Talati, Z, Rhodes, G & Jeffery, L (2010), Now you see it, now you don't: Shedding light on the Thatcher illusion, in Psychological Science, 21(2), 219 - 221

Pellicano, E, Jeffery, L, Burr, D & Rhodes G (2007), Abnormal adaptive face-coding mechanisms in children with autism spectrum disorder, in Current Biology, 17, 1508 - 1512