Dr Clare Sutherland

Dr Clare Sutherland

Senior Lecturer

Dr Clare Sutherland
Dr Clare Sutherland

Contact Details

The University of Aberdeen School of Psychology, King's College, University of Aberdeen



  • PhD (2016) Department of Psychology, University of York
  • MRes (2011) Department of Psychology, University of York
  • B.Sc. (2010) Department of Psychology, University of Glasgow

Research Interests

People readily make social judgements such as attractiveness or trustworthiness from faces. In fact, these impressions can be made as quickly as 100ms. However, the field tends to focus on the cues in faces themselves. My research aims to examine the influence of prior knowledge and associated stereotypes on these judgements. I am also interested in the idea that different photographs of the same people can give rise to different impressions and in using face images with a wide range of variability.

My research has been funded by the ARC, ESRC, British Psychological Society, Experimental Psychological Society and Brain.

Research Grants

  • ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (2019)
  • ARC Discovery Project (DP170104602, 2017-2019; with Gill Rhodes, Romina Palermo and Andy Young)
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Postdoc Exchange Scheme (2017)
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Cross Program grant (2016)
  • ESRC, Brain, ARC, PsyPAG, EPS and BPS assorted research, travel and dissemination funding (2009-2015)
  • ESRC Student Internship (Cybercrime, Home Office, 2012-2013)
  • ESRC 1+3 Studentship (University of York, 2010-2014)

Teaching Responsibilities


Current Topics in Psychological Science

Social Psychology



Social Psychology, Third Year

Face Recognition, Fourth Year Specialist Option

Further Info

External Responsibilities

Admin Responsibilities

PGT Exams Officer

Ethics committee member

Research committee member

PG committee member

Marketing committee member



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  • Collova, JR, Sutherland, C, Jeffery, L & Bothe, E 2020, 'Adults’ facial impressions of children’s niceness, but not shyness, show modest accuracy', Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
  • Swe, DC, Palermo, R, Gwinn, OS, Rhodes, G, Neumann, M, Payart, S & Sutherland, C 2020, 'An objective and reliable electrophysiological marker for implicit trustworthiness perception.', Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 337-346. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsaa043
  • Sutherland, CAM, Rhodes, G, Williams, N, Connaughton, E, Ewing, L, Caruana, N & Langdon, R 2020, 'Appearance-based trust processing in schizophrenia', British Journal of Clinical Psychology, vol. 59, no. 2, pp. 139-153. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/bjc.12234
  • Sutherland, CAM, Rhodes, G, Burton, NS & Young, AW 2020, 'Do facial first impressions reflect a shared social reality?', British Journal of Psychology, vol. 111, no. 2, pp. 215-232. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/bjop.12390
  • Collova, J & Sutherland, C, How We Judge Children Based on their Faces, 2020, Website, Blog, Social Media, Society for Personality and Social Psychology. <> [Online] DOI: http://www.spsp.org/news-center/blog/collova-sutherland-judge-children-faces
  • Sutherland, CAM, Burton, NS, Wilmer, JB, Blokland, G, Germine, L, Palermo, R, Collova, J & Rhodes, G 2020, 'Individual differences in trust evaluations are shaped mostly by environments, not genes', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 117, no. 19, pp. 10218-10224. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1920131117
  • Sutherland, CAM, Collova, JR, Palermo, R, Germine, L, Rhodes, G, Blokland, GAM, Burton, NS & Wilmer, JB 2020, 'Reply to Cook and Over: Social learning and evolutionary mechanisms are not mutually exclusive' PNAS, vol. 117, no. 28, pp. 16114-16115. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2009587117
  • Burton, N, Burton, M, Rigby, D, Sutherland, CAM & Rhodes, G 2019, 'Best-worst scaling improves measurement of first impressions', Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, vol. 4, 36. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s41235-019-0183-2
  • Ewing, L, Sutherland, CAM & Willis, ML 2019, 'Children show adult-like facial appearance biases when trusting others', Developmental Psychology, vol. 55, no. 8, pp. 1694-1701. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000747
  • Foo, YZ, Loncarevic, A, Simmons, LW, Sutherland, CAM & Rhodes, G 2019, 'Sexual unfaithfulness can be judged with some accuracy from men's but not women's faces', Royal Society Open Science, vol. 6, no. 4, 181552. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.181552
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