Dr. Mel Rutherford, Ph.D. is
a professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience
and Behaviour, and Canada Research Chair in Social Perception. He graduated from Yale University and earned a Ph.D. in
Psychology with an emphasis in Human Development from the University
of California at Santa Barbara. A Fulbright Fellowship allowed
Dr. Rutherford to study and collaborate with well-known Simon Baron-Cohen
in Cambridge, England. Dr. Rutherford also worked with Bruce Pennington
and Sally Rogers at the University of Denver as a postdoctoral
fellow. He now heads a dynamic research laboratory at McMaster
University. Dr. Rutherford
is well-known for research in the field of psychology and has been
interviewed and quoted in The Globe and Mail, The London Times,
The Chicago Times, CBC Radio, Quirks and Quarks, and The Discovery
Channel as well as many AP newspapers around the world.
Ruth is interested in the development of animacy perception and cognitive processes involved in processing social cues.
Olivia studies the perception of emotional facial expressions. She is interested in the top-down influence on aftereffects, and emotion perception strategies in people with and without autism spectrum disorders
Kaushik is measuring theory of mind development in 7-year-olds and testing to see whether early social orienting predicts later theory of mind development.
Kristina is the lab manager and volunteer coordinator for the lab. She recruits for the Early Autism Study and coordiantes the EAS and other research in the lab.
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