Degrees

PhD Psychology, Ryerson University

MA Psychology, Ryerson University

BA Psychology, Concordia University

Background

Nicole’s research examines how different experience influences what infants and adults learn. For her MA thesis, she examined what type of natural, daily exposure 1- and 3-month-old infants receive to faces and how this relates to what we know about the development of infants’ ability to recognize different types of faces. For her dissertation, Nicole looked at how individual infants’ experiences relates to the development of visual perception and brain development. She is currently working at University of British Columbia in a Post-Doctoral position.

Selected Journal Publications

 

  • Sugden, N. A. & Moulson, M. C. (2016). Hey baby, what’s ‘up’? One- and 3-month-olds experience faces primarily upright but non-upright faces offer the best views. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, advanced online publication. doi: 10.1080/17470218.2016.1154581
  • Sugden, N. A. & Moulson, M. C. (2015). Recruitment strategies shouldn’t be randomly selected: Using science to empirically test and improve recruitment in developmental psychology research. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 523. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00523
  • Sugden, N. A., Mohamed-Ali, M. I., & Moulson, M. C. (2014).  I spy with my little eye: Typical, daily exposure to faces documented from a first-person perspective. Developmental Biopsychology, 46, 2, SI, 249-261. doi: 10.1002/dev.21183
  • Sugden, N. A., Wei, L. (M)., Kusec, A., & Moulson, M. C. (2014). Face, the final frontier: An ERP study probing processing of human and alien faces in Trekkies and non-Trekkies. Journal of Vision, 14 (10), 1259. doi: 10.1167/14.10.1259

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Sugden, N. A., *Fattah, H., & Moulson, M. (September, 2016). Keep it simple, silly!  The early environment represents simple, repetitive, context-independent learning opportunities. Paper presented at the International Mind, Brain and Education Society Conference, Toronto, Canada.
  • Sugden, N. A., *Festa, S., *Vascotto, M., & Moulson, M. (May, 2016). Put on a happy face: Developmental changes in infants’ exposure to facial expressions of emotion from 3 to 6 months. Paper presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
  • *Abraham, E., Sugden, N. A., *Festa, S., & Moulson, M. C. (February, 2016) When you’re smiling? Three‐month‐old infants’ natural, daily exposure to happy, surprise, and negative facial expressions of emotion. Poster presented at the Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment Conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
  • *Mehak, A., Sugden, N. A., & Moulson, M. C. (February, 2016) Sit! How learning to sit changes infants’ face processing. Poster presented at the Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment Conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
  • *Morris, M. Q., *MacKenzie, A., *Atell, A., Sugden, N. A., & Moulson, M. C. (February, 2016) The eyes have it! Micro‐analysis of infant‐directed gaze in 3‐month‐old infants’ typical, daily experiences. Poster presented at the Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment Conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
  • Sugden, N.A.,*Miller, A., *Rutten, C., *Mehak, A., & Moulson, M. C. (August, 2015). Attention in early perceptual learning: Linking visual preference and discrimination of faces. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Sugden, N.A. & Moulson, M. C. ((July, 2015). Sum faces: How infants’ typical, daily visual experiences shape their face processing abilities. Poster presented at the Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning, San Sebastian, Spain.
  • Sugden, N.A., Jayraman, S., & Smith, L. B. (July, 2015). Oh brother! Increased child face exposure and diversity in children with siblings. Poster presented at the Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning, San Sebastian, Spain.
  • Sugden, N.A., *Miller, A., *Rutten, C., *Kondrousseva, A., & Moulson, M. C. (June, 2015). Sum Faces to Learn: How infants’ quantity of natural, daily exposure to faces predicts learning. Poster presented at the Jean Piaget Society, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Sugden, N.A., Jayraman, S., & Smith, L. B. (June, 2015). Fraternité en Face: Siblings change the quantity and quality of infants’ exposure to child faces across the first two years of life. Poster presented at the Jean Piaget Society, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Sugden, N.A., *Kusec, A., & Moulson, M. C. (March, 2015). Parents’ perspectives on benefits of and barriers to participating in research. Poster presented at the Society for Research In Child Development Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Sugden, N.A. & Moulson, M. C. (March, 2015). Hey baby, do you like what you see? Examining the influence of exposure to faces on visual preference in 3-month-old infants. Poster presented at the Society for Research In Child Development Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Sugden, N. & Moulson, M. (July, 2014). It may be a topsy-turvy world for infants, but faces are still upright most of the time.  International Conference on Infant Studies, Berlin, Germany.
  • Sugden, N. & Moulson, M. (July, 2014). Analyzing the early environment to understand how individual differences impact infants’ opportunities to learn about faces. International Conference on Infant Studies, Berlin, Germany.
  • Sugden, N., Wei, L., Kusec, A., & Moulson, M. (May, 2014). Face, the final frontier: An ERP study probing processing of human and alien faces in Trekkies and non-Trekkies. Vision Sciences Society Annual Conference, Florida, USA.
  • Sugden, N., Wei, L., Sandhu, R., Dyson, B., & Moulson, M. (April, 2014). Hey, hey, we’re the monkeys? Is ability and N170 response to human- and monkey-like faces graded? Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Sugden, N. & Moulson, M. (June, 2013). SuMo Face Database: How to use this publicly available highly-standardized, validated database of static and dynamic images of faces of diverse ethnicities posing emotional or neutral expressions. Workshop presented at the Canadian Psychological Association 74th Annual Convention, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
  • Sugden, N. & Moulson, M. (June, 2013). First impressions and second thoughts: Introducing psychological research to potential participants and the public. Discussion Session presented at the Canadian Psychological Association 74th Annual Convention, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
  • Sugden, N., Arcon, M., Wei, M., & Moulson, M. (June, 2013). These are a few of my favorite things: Infants’ preference for familiar and unfamiliar faces, hands, and bottles. Poster presented at the Canadian Psychological Association 74th Annual Convention, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
  • Sugden, N., Kusec, A., & Moulson, M.  (June, 2013). Stepping out with my baby: Does involvement in extracurricular activities predict parents’ willingness to participate in developmental research? Poster presented at the Canadian Psychological Association 74th Annual Convention, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
  • Moulson, M., Sugden, N., & ElShiekh, A. (June, 2013). Do people look strange when they’re a stranger? Relations between social contact and the other-race effect in adults.  Poster presented at the Canadian Psychological Association 74th Annual Convention, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
  • Sugden, N., Manion, C., & *Bortoluzzi, S. (May, 2013). Learning at YouTube.com?  Students Embrace Video Presentation Opportunities. Poster presented at the Ryerson Faculty Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Moulson, M., ElShiekh, A., & Sugden, N. (April, 2013). Neural correlates of the other-race effect in adulthood: Effects of exposure. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, USA.
  • Sugden, N. & Moulson, M. (Nov. 2012). Researching research: empirical examination of recruitment strategies. Poster presented at the Ryerson Psychology Graduate Student Association Research Symposium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Sugden, N., Ein, N., Aimola, S., & Moulson, M. (June, 2012). How to win participants and influence parents: Successful strategies for large-scale recruitment of a developmental population.  Poster presented at the Canadian Psychological Association 73rd Annual Convention, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • Sugden, N., Safar, K., & Moulson, M. (June, 2012). Promoting non-white pregnant mothers’ willingness to volunteer their child for developmental research: recruitment recommendations.  Poster presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society: Rethinking Cognitive Development, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Sugden, N., Safar, K., & Moulson, M. (June 2012) Smile! Daily Exposure to Emotional Faces in Infancy and Adulthood.  Poster presented at International Society on Infant Studies’ International Conference on Infant Studies, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
  • Sugden, N. & Moulson, M. (April, 2012). Recruitment matters: Factors that influence parents’ decision to participate in developmental research. Paper presented at the Society for Research In Child Development Biennial Meeting, Seattle, Washington, USA.
  • Sugden, N. & Moulson, M. (February, 2012). Here’s looking at you! Quantification of quotidian face exposure in adults and infants.  Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Themed Meeting: Developmental Methodology, Tampa, Florida, USA.
  • Sugden, N. & Moulson, M. (November, 2011). Here’s looking at you! Quantification of quotidian face exposure in adults and infants.  Poster presented at the Ryerson University Psychology Graduate Students’ Association Research Symposium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Neumark, E., Miller, S. B., Young, S. N., Pihl, R. O., Ditto, B., Campbell, T., Lavoie, K., Sugden, N., Benkelfat, C. (June, 2003.) Mood and cardiovascular response to stress: Effects of tryptophan depletion. Annual Meeting of the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology; Montreal, PQ.

Non-Peer Reviewed Presentations

  • Sugden, N. & Moulson, M. (April, 2012). I spy with my little eye: Typical, daily exposure to faces documented from a first-person perspective.  Presented at the Society for Research In Child Development Biennial Meeting, Seattle, Washington, USA.
  • Sugden, N. (December, 2012).  Here’s looking at you: Quantifying normal, daily exposure to faces.  Presented at the First Annual Golden Horseshoe Face Perception: Development Conference.  St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada.
  • Sugden, N. (December, 2012).  These are a few of my favorite things: Infants’ preference for familiar and unfamiliar faces, hands, and bottles.  Presented at the First Annual Golden Horseshoe Face Perception: Development Conference.  St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada.
  • Moulson, M., ElShiekh, A., & Sugden, N. (December, 2012).  Do people look strange when you’re a stranger: Correlating exposure to other-race faces to behavioral and neurological (ERP) measures of the other-race effect.  Presented at the First Annual Golden Horseshoe Face Perception: Development Conference.  St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada.