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Favelle, Simone

Senior Lecturer

  • School of Psychology
  • University of Wollongong

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Faces convey socially useful information such as identity, sex, race and emotion. How do we tell who someone is and how can we tell what they are feeling? How do we do this when the incoming visual information is constantly changing with viewpoint and lighting? And how might our ability to recognise faces and facial expressions of emotion affect social functioning? My research is in the area of visual cognition and focuses on the perceptual, cognitive, and social processes involved in face recognition. Face recognition is a fundamental social skill, but it is also critical for information, community (policing), and border security. My research aims to understand how the human visual system achieves face recognition in challenging conditions, which in turn will benefit special populations, professional groups and computer algorithm development.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Visual Cognition
    Face recognition: familiarity, image factors, individual differences
    Facial expressions
    Face-based trait judgements

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Schizotypy, Social Factors, and Social Functioning Tan, Aik Chin Melody
    Doctor of Philosophy An Investigation of the Cognitive Processes Underlying Facial Expression Recognition Keough, Emily
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigating the Image Variability Advantage in Face Recognition Hunnisett, Niamh
    Doctor of Philosophy School- and family-related problems among gifted students in intermediate schools in Saudi Arabia Alomair, Aisha

Education And Training


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, University of Wollongong, School of Psychology, Perceiving and recognizing novel objects: Detecting configural, switch and shape changes

Teaching Overview


  • My teaching activities span both local and international contexts. I have held the role of Academic Program Director for the Bachelor of Psychological Science in Singapore (SIM) since 2018. As APD, I lead a team of academic and professional staff from on- and off-shore locations to monitor and maintain academic quality, standards, and integrity. I am closely involved in student mobility programs (study tour and semester exchange) for psychology students at UOW and SIM. I have coordinated and taught in a variety of undergraduate psychology subjects in both onshore (Wollongong) and offshore (Singapore) UOW locations. Subjects taught include Introductory Psychology, Perception, Statistics, and (primarily in) Cognition. In the third year Cognition subject that I coordinate, I have developed a teaching program to improve teaching outcomes as well as lay the foundations for future skill transferability.

Keywords


  • Visual cognition; Perception; Face recognition; Facial expressions; Unfamiliar face matching; Viewpoint effects; Social functioning

Full Name


  • Dr Simone Favelle

Mailing Address


  • Northfields Ave

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Faces convey socially useful information such as identity, sex, race and emotion. How do we tell who someone is and how can we tell what they are feeling? How do we do this when the incoming visual information is constantly changing with viewpoint and lighting? And how might our ability to recognise faces and facial expressions of emotion affect social functioning? My research is in the area of visual cognition and focuses on the perceptual, cognitive, and social processes involved in face recognition. Face recognition is a fundamental social skill, but it is also critical for information, community (policing), and border security. My research aims to understand how the human visual system achieves face recognition in challenging conditions, which in turn will benefit special populations, professional groups and computer algorithm development.

Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


  • Visual Cognition
    Face recognition: familiarity, image factors, individual differences
    Facial expressions
    Face-based trait judgements

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Schizotypy, Social Factors, and Social Functioning Tan, Aik Chin Melody
    Doctor of Philosophy An Investigation of the Cognitive Processes Underlying Facial Expression Recognition Keough, Emily
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigating the Image Variability Advantage in Face Recognition Hunnisett, Niamh
    Doctor of Philosophy School- and family-related problems among gifted students in intermediate schools in Saudi Arabia Alomair, Aisha

Education And Training


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, University of Wollongong, School of Psychology, Perceiving and recognizing novel objects: Detecting configural, switch and shape changes

Teaching Overview


  • My teaching activities span both local and international contexts. I have held the role of Academic Program Director for the Bachelor of Psychological Science in Singapore (SIM) since 2018. As APD, I lead a team of academic and professional staff from on- and off-shore locations to monitor and maintain academic quality, standards, and integrity. I am closely involved in student mobility programs (study tour and semester exchange) for psychology students at UOW and SIM. I have coordinated and taught in a variety of undergraduate psychology subjects in both onshore (Wollongong) and offshore (Singapore) UOW locations. Subjects taught include Introductory Psychology, Perception, Statistics, and (primarily in) Cognition. In the third year Cognition subject that I coordinate, I have developed a teaching program to improve teaching outcomes as well as lay the foundations for future skill transferability.

Keywords


  • Visual cognition; Perception; Face recognition; Facial expressions; Unfamiliar face matching; Viewpoint effects; Social functioning

Full Name


  • Dr Simone Favelle

Mailing Address


  • Northfields Ave

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Research Areas