Nicole Thomas


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Personal profile


I am a cognitive psychology and Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences. 


I completed my PhD, which examined visuospatial attention, at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) in 2011. At this time, I was awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council postdoctoral fellowship (2011-2012). I moved to Australia to undertake this fellowship at Flinders University in Adelaide. In 2015, I received a Discovery Early Career Research Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. 

Research interests

Body Image Distortion: Although it is common knowledge that people experience dissatisfaction with their bodies, and, further that they do not necessarily have a realistic mental representation of their physical proportions, we unfortunately do not understand the psychology behind this disorder. Our research has investigated how distortions in the body schema impact perception and also how external factors might impact our perceptions our ourselves and of space.

Emotional Perception: We experience emotions every single day, and likely we understand our own emotions well. How do we perceive the emotions of others? My interests in this area span a variety of both trait- and state-based perceptions we make upon first meeting other people (e.g., attractiveness, trustworthiness, friendliness). I am also interested in theories of emotion perception and how they relate to asymmetries and eye movement patterns.

Monash teaching commitment

PSY3062 - Research Methods and Theory

PSY4130 - Developmental Psychology and Clinical Neuroscience

Education/Academic qualification

Cognitive Psychology, PhD, University of Saskatchewan

Psychology, BA (Hon), University of Saskatchewan

Research area keywords

  • body image
  • attention
  • perception
  • eye tracking
  • laterality
  • emotion

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Research Output

  • 50 Article
  • 1 Conference Paper
  • 1 Meeting Abstract

Lateralized Processing of Emotional Images: A Left Hemisphere Memory Deficit

Moeck, E. K., Thomas, N. A. & Takarangi, M. K. T., 2020, In : Emotion. 20, 2, p. 236-247 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

(Don't) look here! The effect of different forms of label added to fashion advertisements on women's visual attention

Tiggemann, M., Brown, Z. & Thomas, N., 1 Dec 2019, In : Body Image. 31, p. 88-95 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Left-handers know what’s left is right: Handedness and object affordance

Thomas, N. A., Manning, R. & Saccone, E. J., 24 Jul 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 7, 20 p., e0218988.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Limited evidence of hierarchical encoding in the cheerleader effect

Carragher, D. J., Thomas, N. A., Gwinn, O. S. & Nicholls, M. E. R., 27 Jun 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 13 p., 9329.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Using the landmark task to test the underlying assumptions of unilateral contraction research

Moeck, E. K., Thomas, N. A. & Takarangi, M. K. T., 22 Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Laterality. 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Nicole Thomas (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Discovery Project

Nicole Thomas (Recipient) & Michael E R Nicholls (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Competitive Fellowships