Dr. Lindsey Short

Associate Professor of Psychology

Phone: (905) 648-2139   Ext:4249

Email: lshort@redeemer.ca

Office: 219L

Programs: Psychology


Ph.D. (2014), Developmental Psychology, Brock University

M.A. (2010), Developmental Psychology, Brock University

B.A. (2008), Psychology, Wittenberg University


  • Developmental Psychology: Infant and Child (PSY-223)
  • Developmental Psychology: Adult (PSY-229)
  • Research Methods: Experimental Design (PSY-230)
  • Social Psychology (PSY-255)
  • Cognitive Psychology (PSY-332)
  • Topics in Experimental Psychology (PSY-468)


Broadly, my research interests involve the role of experience in shaping our ability to recognize and process faces. As such, I am interested in the various environmental factors that influence how children and adults learn to identify both familiar and unfamiliar faces, such as face race and age, in-group identification, and even educational setting. Outside of my own research, I serve as a reviewer for numerous academic journals and am a member of the Vision Sciences Society. I enjoy getting undergraduate students involved in the research process and help coordinate the RUC Psychology Lab, which allows senior psychology students to design and test empirical research studies and serves as a training ground for interested junior students to volunteer with research projects and gain experience in testing procedures.

Research Interests

  • The development of expertise in face processing
  • The role of experience in shaping expertise for certain face categories
  • Trait attributions based on facial structure
  • The perception of facial attractiveness

Recent Publications

Short, L. A., Balas, B., & Wilson, C. J. (2017). The effect of educational environment on identity recognition and perceptions of within-person variability. Visual Cognition, 25(9-10), 940-948.

Short, L. A., & Wagler, M. C. (in press). Social categories alone are insufficient to elicit an in-group advantage in perceptions of within-person variability. Perception, 46(8), 929-940

Zhou, X., Short, L. A., Chan, H. S. J., & Mondloch, C. J. (2016). Judging normality and attractiveness in faces: Direct evidence of a more refined representation for own-race, young adult faces. Perception, 45(9), 973-990.

Short, L. A., Proietti, V. & Mondloch, C. J. (2015). Representing young and older adult faces: Shared or age-specific prototypes? Visual Cognition, 23(8), 939-956.

Short, L. A., Mondloch, C. J., & Hackland, A. T. (2015). Attractiveness judgments and discrimination of mommies and grandmas: Perceptual tuning for young adult faces. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 129, 1-11.

Short, L. A., Lee, K., Fu, G., & Mondloch, C. J. (2014). Category-specific face prototypes are emerging, but not yet mature in 5-year-old children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 126, 161-177.

Short, L. A., Semplonious, T., Proietti, V., & Mondloch, C. J. (2014). Differential attentional allocation and subsequent recognition for young and older adult faces. Visual Cognition, 22(9-10),1272-1295.

Fu, G., Mondloch, C. J., Ding, X., Short, L. A., Sun, L., & Lee, K. (2014). The neural correlates of the face attractiveness aftereffect: A functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) study. NeuroImage, 85(1), 363-371.

Short, L. A., & Mondloch, C. J. (2013). Aging faces and aging perceivers: Young and older adults are less sensitive to deviations from normality in older than in young adult faces. Perception, 42, 795-812.

Wang, Q., Hu, C., Short, L. A., & Fu, G. (2012). The influence of shyness on the scanning of own- and other-race faces in adults. PLoS One, 7(12), e52203: 1-8.

Hu, C., Wang, Q., Short, L. A., & Fu, G. (2012). Speech spectrum’s correlation with speakers’ Eysenck personality traits. PLoS One, 7(3), e33906: 1-5.

Short, L. A., Mondloch, C. J., McCormick, C. M., Carré, J. M., Ma, R., Fu, G., & Lee, K. (2012). Detection of propensity for aggression based on facial structure irrespective of face race. Evolution and Human Behavior, 33, 121-129.

Short, L. A., Hatry, A. J., & Mondloch, C. J. (2011). The development of norm-based coding and race-specific face prototypes: An examination of 5- and 8-year-olds’ face space. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 108(2), 338-357.

Short, L. A., & Mondloch, C. J. (2010). The importance of social factors is a matter of perception. Perception, 39(11), 1562-1564.

Anes, M. D., & Short, L. A. (2009). Adult-like competence in perceptual encoding of facial configuration by the right hemisphere emerges after 10 years of age. Perception, 38(3), 333-342.

Professional Memberships

Vision Sciences Society