Nicole Anderson

Associate Professor, Psychology

PhD (McMaster)

6-372, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Nicole Anderson's research involves the use of psychophysical techniques to measure complex visual perceptions. Psychophysics is a behavioural technique that has been traditionally used to quantify low-level perceptions, such as contrast and orientation perception. More recently, researchers have started to use these techniques to investigate more complex aspects of visual processing, such as face and object perception. Using psychophysical techniques to measure complex perceptions is advantageous because these techniques provide a quantified measure of seemingly intractable perceptual issues. Quantifying perception in terms of the stimulus provides data that can be used to develop computational models of perception based on known neural mechanisms, ultimately contributing to our understanding of the links between neurons and behaviour.

Available to supervise honours or individual study students.

Psychophysics, Vision Science, Form Perception, Visual Integration

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Introductory Psychology
  • Perception
  • Laboratory in Human Perception
  • Special Topics in Perception

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

  • Anderson, N. D. & Gleddie, C. (2013). Comparing sensitivity to facial asymmetry and facial identity. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Anderson, N. D., Habak, C., Wilkinson, F. & Wilson, H. R. (2007). Evaluating shape aftereffects with radial frequency patterns. Vision Research, 47(3), 298-308.
  • Anderson, N. D., Murphy, K. M., & Jones, D. G. (2007). Temporal aspects of orientation pooling using visual noise stimuli. Journal of Vision, 7(1), 1-11.
  • Anderson, N. D., & Wilson, H. R. (2005). The nature of synthetic face adaptation. Vision Research, 45, 1815-1828.