John Damien Lecture: 'Face Fallacies' with Dame Vicki Bruce

01 Oct ‘15


6.30PM - 7.30PM

Venue: Logie Lecture Theatre, University of Stirling

The Division of Psychology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, is pleased to invite you to the 2015 John Damien Lecture.  The lecture will be given by eminent psychologist, Dame Vicki Bruce, who will speak on the topic of Face Fallacies.

Dame Vicki Bruce, Professor of Psychology at Newcastle University, is an academic psychologist who is leading the British Academy’s efforts to engage younger people in the humanities and social sciences. She has made a huge contribution in the field of visual perception: she helped the Royal Mint to develop coins that can be easily recognised by the visually impaired; developed a theoretical framework for understanding face recognition; contributed to the design of better systems to help eye-witnesses remember faces and reduce miscarriages of justice through misuse of CCTV images.

In this lecture Dame Vicki Bruce will describe popular misconceptions about memory for faces, and the identification of face images in passport or CCTV images, and consider their implications in legal and security settings. She describes how research by psychologists, much of it conducted in Stirling and other universities in Scotland, has helped to improve the systems used to question witnesses and guide the courts. Nevertheless, miscarriages of justice based upon misidentification remain a cause for concern.

This event is free of charge and all staff, students and members of the general public are welcome to attend.


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