Staff profile

Dr Annukka

Dr Annukka Lindell

Senior Lecturer

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Psychology and Public Health

Department of Psychology and Counselling

George Singer Building, room 408, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BSc, PGradDipPsych, PhD UMELB.



Area of study


Brief profile

Dr Lindell joined the School of Psychological Science in 2009, having previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Wales, Bangor (2004-2008) and Kingston University, London (2008-2009). She teaches courses in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience across all year levels, and is particularly interested in supervising projects in these areas.

Dr Lindell's research focusses on the hemispheric lateralization of language and emotion processing, and the consequences of cortical asymmetries on perception.

Research interests

Cognitive and developmental psychology

- Cognition - psycholinguistics

Neuroscience and neuropsychology

- Laterality

Teaching units

PSY1EFP Experimental Foundations of Psychological Science

PSY1HPM History, Philosophy, and Methodology of Psychological Science

PSY2COG Cognition

PSY3RPA Research Project A

PSY3RPB Research Project B

PSY4HNA Current Topics in Psychology

PSY5NPM Clinical Neuroscience and Neuropsychology

Recent publications

Lindell, A.K. (in press). Language lateralization in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). In V. Preedy (Ed.), The Neuroscience of Alcohol: Mechanisms And Treatment. Elsevier Science Inc.

Savopoulos, P., & Lindell, A.K. (in press). Repetition priming reveals hemispheric differences in compound word processing. Journal of Cognitive Psychology.

Lindell, A.K. (2017). Celebrity chefs put their left cheek forward: Cover image orientation in celebrity cookbooks. Laterality, 22 (5), 515-520.

Lindell, A.K. (2017). No cheek bias: Posing orientation in van Gogh’s portraits and self-portraits. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 35 (2), 127-138.

Lindell, A.K. (2017). Consistently showing your best side? Intra-individual consistency in #selfie pose orientation. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 246. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00246 

Lindell, A.K. (2017). Atypical hemispheric asymmetries in Autism Spectrum Disorders. In M. Casanova, A. El-Baz, & J.S. Suri (Eds). Autism imaging and devices, (pp.135-156). Taylor & Francis.

Lindell, A.K., Tenenbaum, H.R., & Aznar, A. (2017). Left cheek bias for emotion perception, but not expression, is established in children aged 3 – 7 years. Laterality, 22 (1), 17-30.

Lindell, A.K. (2017). Motor biases do not influence posing orientation in selfies. Laterality, 22 (1), 49-59.

Lindell, A.K. (2017). Book Review: Laterality: Exploring the Enigma of Left-Handedness. Laterality, 22 (1), 120-122.

Lindell, A.K. (2016). Atypical hemispheric asymmetry in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A review of the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on language lateralization. Acta Neuropsychologica, 14 (4), 367-380.

Low, J.Y., & Lindell, A.K. (2016). Featural information is sufficient to produce a left cheek bias for happiness perception. Brain and Cognition, 107, 10-15.

Galea, S., & Lindell, A.K. (2016). Do the Big Five personality traits predict individual differences in the left cheek bias for emotion perception? Laterality, 21 (3), 200-214.

Carlin, J.L., & Lindell, A.K. (2015). Schizotypal traits do not influence behavioral asymmetries for language processing in the non-clinical population. Personality and Individual Differences, 85, 25-29.

Lindell, A.K., & Lindell, K.L. (2014). Beauty captures the attention of the beholder. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 26 (7), 768-780.

Lindell, A.K. (2014). On the interrelationship between reduced lateralization, schizotypy, and creativity. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 813. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00813

Lindell, A.K. (2014). Asymmetries in art: Putting your best cheek forward. Proceedings of the Twenty-Third Biennial Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics. August 22-24, 2014. New York, NY, USA.

Abbott, J.D., Wijeratne, T., Hughes, A., Perre, D., & Lindell, A.K. (2014). The influence of left and right hemisphere brain damage on configural and featural processing of affective faces. Laterality, 19 (4), 455-472.

Abbott, J.D., Wijeratne, T., Hughes, A., Perre, D., & Lindell, A.K. (2014). The perception of positive and negative facial expressions by unilateral stroke patients. Brain and Cognition, 86, 42-54.

Lindell, A.K. (2013). Medical myth: You can selectively train your left or right brain. In The Explainer: From déjà vu to why the sky is blue, and other conundrums (pp. 217-219). CSIRO Publishing.

Lindell, A.K., & Hudry, K. (2013). Atypicalities in cortical structure, handedness, and functional lateralization for language in autism spectrum disorders. Neuropsychology Review, 23 (3), 257-270.

Lindell, A.K. (2013). The silent social/emotional signals in left and right cheek poses: A literature review. Laterality, 18 (5), 612-624.

Lindell, A.K. (2013). Continuities in emotion lateralization in human and nonhuman primates. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 464. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00464

Abbott, J.D., Cumming, G., Fidler, F., & Lindell, A.K. (2013). The perception of positive and negative facial expressions in unilateral brain-damaged patients: A meta-analysis. Laterality, 18 (4), 437-459.

Lindell, A.K. (2013). Medical Myth 63. You can selectively train your left or right brain. In H. Sykes and F. Jackson-Webb (Eds.), 99 & Counting: Medical Myths Debunked, (pp.153-155). Future Leaders: Sydney.

Lindell, A.K. (2013). Medical Myth 64. The right side of your brain controls creativity. In H. Sykes and F. Jackson-Webb (Eds.), 99 & Counting: Medical Myths Debunked, (pp.155-157). Future Leaders: Sydney.

Boyle, W., Lindell, A.K., & Kidd, E. (2013). Investigating the role of verbal working memory in young children's sentence comprehension. Language Learning, 63 (2), 211-242.

Lindell, A.K. (2013). Capturing their best side?  Did the advent of the camera influence the orientation artists chose to paint and draw in their self portraits? Laterality, 18 (3), 319-328.

Staios, M., Fisher, F., Lindell, A.K., Ong, B., Howe, J., & Reardon, K. (2013). Exploring sarcasm detection in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis using ecologically valid measures. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 178, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00178.

Lindell, A.K., & Kidd, E. (2013). Consumers favor 'Right Brain' training: The dangerous lure of neuromarketing. Mind, Brain, and Education, 7 (1), 35-39.

Dunstan, C.J., & Lindell, A.K. (2012). Hemifacial preferences for the perception of emotion and attractiveness differ with the gender of the one beheld. Cognition and Emotion, 26 (3), 907-915.

Lindell, A.K., & Kidd, E. (2011). Why right-brain teaching is half-witted: A critique of the misapplication of neuroscience to education. Mind, Brain, and Education, 5 (3), 121-127.

Lindell, A.K. (2011). Lateral thinkers are not so laterally minded: Hemispheric asymmetry, interaction, and creativity. Laterality, 16 (4), 479-498.

Lindell, A.K., & Mueller, J. (2011). Can science account for taste? Psychological insights into art appreciation. The Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 23 (4), 453-475.

Harris, C.D., & Lindell, A.K. (2011). The influence of autism-like traits on cheek biases for the expression and perception of happiness. Brain and Cognition, 77, 11-16.

Rutherford, H.J., & Lindell, A.K. (2011a). Thriving and Surviving: Approach and avoidance motivation and lateralisation. Emotion Review, 3 (3), 333-343.

Rutherford, H.J., & Lindell, A.K. (2011b). More than evaluation: Lateralization of the neural substrates supporting approach and avoidance motivational systems. Emotion Review, 3 (3), 347-348.

Savill, N., Lindell, A.K., Booth, A., West, G., & Thierry, G. (2011). Literate humans sound out words during silent reading. NeuroReport, 22 (3), 116-120.

Staios, M., Fisher, F., Lindell, A.K., & Howe, J. (2011). Caregiving in the face of non-motor symptoms in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: a critical review. Acta Neuropsychologica, 9 (4), 321-334.

Older publications

Lindell, A.K., & Savill, N.J. (2010). Time to turn the other cheek? The influence of left and right poses on perceptions of academic specialisation. Laterality, 15 (6), 639-650.

Lindell, A.K., Notice, K., & Withers, K. (2009). Reduced language processing asymmetry in people with higher levels of autism-like traits. Laterality, 14 (5), 457-472.

Lindell, A.K., & Lum., J.A.G. (2008). Priming vs. Rhyming: Orthographic and phonological representation in the left and right hemispheres. Brain and Cognition, 68, 193-203.

Lindell, A.K., Arend, I., Ward, R., Norton, J., & Wathan, J. (2007). Hemispheric asymmetries in feature integration during visual word recognition. Laterality, 12 (6), 543-558.

Lum, J.A.G., Conti-Ramsden, G., & Lindell, A.K. (2007). The attentional blink reveals sluggish attentional shifting in adolescents with specific language impairment. Brain and Cognition, 63, 287-295.

Lindell, A.K. (2006). In your right mind: Right hemisphere contributions to human language processing and production. Neuropsychology Review, 16, 131-148.

Lindell, A.K., Nicholls, M.E.R., Kwantes, P.J., & Castles, A. (2005).  Sequential processing in hemispheric word recognition: The impact of initial letter discriminability on the OUP naming effect.  Brain and Language, 93, 160-172.

Nicholls, M.E.R., Orr., C.A., & Lindell, A.K. (2005). Magical ideation and its relation to lateral preference. Laterality, 10 (6), 503-515.

Lindell, A.K., & Nicholls, M.E.R. (2003). Attentional deployment in visual half-field tasks: The effect of cue position on word naming latency. Brain and Cognition, 53 (2), 273-277.

Lindell, A.K., Nicholls, M.E.R., & Castles, A.E. (2003).  The effect of orthographic uniqueness and deviation points on lexical decisions: Evidence from unilateral and bilateral-redundant presentations. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 56A, 287-307.

Lindell, A.K., & Nicholls, M.E.R. (2003). Cortical representation of the fovea: Implications for visual half-field research. Cortex, 39 (1), 111-117.

Lindell, A.K., Nicholls, M.E.R. & Castles, A.E. (2002). The effect of word length on hemispheric word recognition: Evidence from unilateral and bilateral-redundant presentations. Brain and Cognition, 48 (2-3), 447-452.

Nicholls, M.E.R., Clode, D., Lindell, A.K. & Wood, A.G. (2002). Which cheek to turn? The effect of gender and emotional expressivity on posing behaviour. Brain and Cognition, 48 (2-3), 480-484.

Nicholls. M.E.R., Wolfgang, B.J., Clode, D. & Lindell, A.K. (2002). The effect of left and right poses on the expression of facial emotion. Neuropsychologia, 40, 1662-1665

Nicholls, M.E.R., & Lindell, A.K. (2000).  A left hemisphere, but not right hemispace, advantage fortactual simultaneity judgements.  Perception and Psychophysics, 62 (4), 717-725.