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Super-recognisers in Action: Evidence from Face-matching and Face Memory Tasks.

Bobak, A.K., Hancock, P.J.B. and Bate, S., 2016. Super-recognisers in Action: Evidence from Face-matching and Face Memory Tasks. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30 (1), 81 - 91.

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DOI: 10.1002/acp.3170


Individuals employed in forensic or security settings are often required to compare faces of ID holders to document photographs, or to recognise the faces of suspects in closed-circuit television footage. It has long been established that both tasks produce a high error rate amongst typical perceivers. This study sought to determine the performance of individuals with exceptionally good face memory ('super-recognisers') on applied facial identity matching and memory tasks. In experiment 1, super-recognisers were significantly better than controls when matching target faces to simultaneously presented line-ups. In experiment 2, super-recognisers were also better at recognising faces from video footage. These findings suggest that super-recognisers are more accurate at face matching and face memory tasks than typical perceivers, and they could be valuable expert employees in national security and forensic settings.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Super-recognizers; face matching; face recognition; national security; unfamiliar faces; human performance
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:30283
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:29 Jan 2018 14:47
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:09


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