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Patricia McMullen

Professor and Acting Chair (until 1/16)


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Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Email: Patricia.McMullen@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-7025
Fax: (902) 684-6585
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University, Life Sciences Centre, Rm 3336, 1355 Oxford Street, P.O. Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Face recognition
  • Categorization
  • Cognitive neuropsychology
  • Object recognition
  • Visual cognition


BSc: University of Toronto
MSc: University of Toronto
PhD: University of Waterloo
PDF: Carnegie Mellon University

Research Interests 

Professor McMullen investigates how humans mentally process and visually recognize the objects and faces encountered on a daily basis. This research contributes knowledge that is useful in the rehabilitation of those who have lost these abilities due to brain damage, or congenital visual processing problems and in the building of machines that process visual input. Her work is interdisciplinary, collaborative, and geared to contributing to the academic literature and changing health directives.

Selected Publications

•Matheson, H.E. and McMullen, P.A. (2011). A computer-generated face database with ratings on realism, masculinity, race, and stereotypy. Behavior Research Methods, 43, 224–228.
•McMullen, P. A., MacSween, L. E., & Collin, C. A. (2009). Behavioral effects of visual field location on processing motion- and luminance-defined form. Journal of Vision, 9(6):24, 1-11.
•Coolican, J., Eskes, G. A., McMullen, P. A. and Lecky, E. (2008). Perceptual biases in processing facial identity and emotion. Brain and Cognition, 66, 176-187.
•Large, M.E. and McMullen, P.A. (2006). Hierarchical attention in discriminating objects at different levels of specificity. Perception & Psychophysics, 68, 845-860.
•Klein, R. and McMullen, P.A. (Eds.) (1999) Converging Methods for Understanding Reading and Dyslexia. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Awards and Honours

•Natural Sciences and Engineering Discovery Grants
•Nova Scotia Health Research Funding
•Human Frontiers Sciences


•Canadian Society for Brain
•Behaviour and Cognitive Science
•Vision Sciences Society
•Psychonomic Society
•Society for Neuroscience
•International Neuropsychological Society


PSYO/NESC 4500 Honours Thesis
PSYO/NESC 4130 Topics in Human Information Processing
PSYO/NESC 3132 Research Methods in Visual Cognition