Nicole Nelson

Dr Nicole Nelson


School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

My Research

Dr Nicole Nelson examines how children and adults learn about and understand emotional expressions and other non-verbal information. Her research examines how we integrate facial, postural, and vocal expression cues, how children attend to and learn about new emotions and non-verbal information, and what our emotional expressions look like during daily interactions. Dr Nelson received her PhD from Boston College, was an NSF-funded Postdoctoral Fellow at Brock University in Canada, and after several years at the University of Queensland, in 2020 she joined the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide.


Available Research Projects:

#1 - How are emotions expressed to infants and toddlers?

How we express emotions can change with how we feel, who is around, what we want, and who we are. For this project, we are interested in how we express emotion to infants. Using an established film database, we will explore how adults’ express emotions to infants. There is the opportunity to be involved in determining what we explore first in your project. From how different adults’ express emotion, to how adults’ expressions change across the infant’s development, to how they express inside the home or around other adults. Let’s find out how babies see emotions! 

Projects available for: Honours


Career funding total = $287,319 AUD

Year Grant   Amount


Nelson, N.L., Pegna, A., & Dixson, B.J.W. Title: Neural and Visual Correlates of Emotion Recognition in Faces and Bodies. Strategic Funds Seeding Grant, University of Queensland.

  $8000 AUD


Robinson, G.A., Matthews, N., & Nelson, N.L. Title: Mapping Parallels in Language and Emotional Communication Deficits in Healthy and Pathological Ageing. Strategic Funds Seeding Grant, University of Queensland.

  $9200 AUD


Robinson, G.A., ...Nelson, N.L., & Vanman, E. Title: A brain physiology laboratory for neuropsychological research in the new Queensland Neuropsychology Research Centre. Major Equipment Initiative Grant, University of Queensland.

  $109,606 AUD


Nelson, N.L. …et al

Title: Integrating Measures of Emotion: Facial Expressions, EEG, and EMG using iMotions software Research Equipment Initiative, University of Queensland

  $28,400 AUD

2012 - 2014

Nelson, N.L. Title: Children's Understanding of Cues to Emotion: Attentional Mechanisms and Social Interactions. International Research Fellowship Program Award, National Science Foundation.

  $88,984 USD
  Course Title and Role      


Skills and Applications (PSYCHOL 1006)

Lecturer & Course Coordinator

Sem. 2, 2021 -


Health and Lifespan Developmental Psychology (PSYCHOL 3021)

Lecturer & Course Coordinator

Sem. 2, 2021 -



  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Member HM&S Ethics Committee Low Risk Review University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 - 2020 Member Higher Degree Research Committee University of Queensland, School of Psychology Australia
    2017 - 2018 Member Ethics Committee (Low and Negligible Risk) University of Queensland, Faculty of Health and Behavioral Sciences Australia
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Action Editor Australian Journal of Psychology Australia
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83133289
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor Level Seven
  • Org Unit: Psychology

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