School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
I joined the University of Adelaide as a Lecturer in November 2021. I received my PhD in 2019 from Flinders University, before joining the Stirling Face laboratory at the University of Stirling in 2020.
Generally speaking, my research examines how we perceive human faces. My work seeks to understand how we recognise faces and emotional expressions, make first impressions from facial appearance, and perform identity matching tasks. My work also examines that factors that help or hinder performance on these tasks.
Current lines of research include investing how COVID-19 face masks affect identity and emotion recognition, how we make first impressions of faces in naturalistic social scenes, and how humans perform face recognition and matching tasks when working with others or automated facial recognition systems.
Date Position Institution name 2020 - 2021 Post-doctoral Researcher University of Stirling 2019 - 2019 Post-doctoral Researcher Monash University 2019 - 2019 Casual Lecturer Flinders University 2016 - 2019 Casual Tutor Flinders University
Date Institution name Country Title 2015 - 2019 Flinders University Australia PhD 2011 - 2014 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Psychology (hons)
Research InterestsComputer Perception, Memory and Attention Computer-Human Interaction Experimental Psychology Forensic Psychology General Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Human Factors Psychology Psychology and Cognitive Sciences Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance Vision Science Neuroscience, Behaviour and Brain Health
Year Citation 2021 Carragher, D. J., Thomas, N. A., & Nicholls, M. E. R. (2021). The dissociable influence of social context on judgements of facial attractiveness and trustworthiness. British Journal of Psychology, 112(4), 902-933.
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2021 Hsieh, J. Y. J., Gwinn, O. S., Brooks, K. R., Stephen, I. D., Carragher, D. J., & Nicholls, M. E. R. (2021). The “cheerleader effect” in facial and bodily attractiveness: A result of memory bias and not perceptual encoding. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 74(5), 972-980.
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2021 Ciricugno, A., Bartlett, M. L., Gwinn, O. S., Carragher, D. J., & Nicholls, M. E. R. (2021). The effect of cognitive load on horizontal and vertical spatial asymmetries. Laterality, 26(6), 706-724.
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2020 Carragher, D. J., Thomas, N. A., Gwinn, O. S., & Nicholls, M. E. R. (2020). The cheerleader effect is robust to experimental manipulations of presentation time. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 32(5-6), 553-561.
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2020 Carragher, D. J., & Hancock, P. J. B. (2020). Surgical face masks impair human face matching performance for familiar and unfamiliar faces. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 5(1), 15 pages.
DOI Scopus15 WoS12 Europe PMC8
2019 Carragher, D. J., Thomas, N. A., Gwinn, O. S., & Nicholls, M. E. R. (2019). Limited evidence of hierarchical encoding in the cheerleader effect. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 13 pages.
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2018 Carragher, D. J., Lawrence, B. J., Thomas, N. A., & Nicholls, M. E. R. (2018). Visuospatial asymmetries do not modulate the cheerleader effect. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 10 pages.
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2018 Carragher, D. J., Thomas, N. A., & Nicholls, M. E. R. (2018). Is trustworthiness lateralized in the face? Evidence from a trust game. Laterality, 23(1), 20-38.
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— Carragher, D. J., & Hancock, P. (n.d.). Surgical face masks impair human face matching performance for familiar and unfamiliar faces.
— Carragher, D. J., Towler, A., Mileva, V. R., White, D., & Hancock, P. (n.d.). Masked face identification is improved by diagnostic feature training.
— Carragher, D. J., Thomas, N. A., Gwinn, O. S., & Nicholls, M. (n.d.). The cheerleader effect is robust to experimental manipulations of presentation time.
Lecturer & Course Coordinator
2022 (Semester 1) - Advanced Career & Research Skills in Psychology A (PSYCHOL 3011A)
2022 (Semester 2) - Perception & Cognition (PSYCHOL 3023)
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