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Solving the border control problem: Evidence of enhanced face matching in individuals with extraordinary face recognition skills

Citation
Bobak AK, Dowsett AJ & Bate S (2016) Solving the border control problem: Evidence of enhanced face matching in individuals with extraordinary face recognition skills, PLoS ONE, 11 (2), Art. No.: e0148148.

Abstract
Photographic identity documents (IDs) are commonly used despite clear evidence that unfamiliar face matching is a difficult and error-prone task. The current study set out to examine the performance of seven individuals with extraordinary face recognition memory, so called "super recognisers" (SRs), on two face matching tasks resembling border control identity checks. In Experiment 1, the SRs as a group outperformed control participants on the "Glasgow Face Matching Test", and some case-by-case comparisons also reached significance. In Experiment 2, a perceptually difficult face matching task was used: the "Models Face Matching Test". Once again, SRs outperformed controls both on group and mostly in case-by-case analyses. These findings suggest that SRs are considerably better at face matching than typical perceivers, and would make proficient personnel for border control agencies. © 2016 Bobak et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Keywords
case study; clinical article; controlled study; facial recognition; human; identity; model; normal human; population based case control study

StatusPublished
AuthorsBobak Anna Katarzyna, Dowsett Andrew James, Bate Sarah
Publication date01/02/2016
Publication date online01/02/2016
Date accepted by journal13/01/2016
PublisherPublic Library of Science
ISSN 1932-6203
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Plos one: Volume 11, Issue 2 (2016)

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