I have a first degree in Psychology with Sociology, MSc in Psychological Research Methods and PhD in Cognitive Psychology. I joined University of Stirling in August 2016 as a Research Fellow on the FACER2VM project aiming to develop state of the art face recognition system. I work with Professor Peter Hancock and Dr Vicky Mileva; feel free to contact me if you would like to know what we are working on currently.
I'm mainly interested in individual differences in unfamiliar face recognition. What are the true boundaries of face recognition and what processes we recruit to tell whether two faces are the same person or two different people? My doctoral thesis examined theoretical and real-world applications of superior face recognition. Most of the data chapters can be found in my publication list.
If you think you may be a super-recogniser and would like to take part in our research, please email me for further details.
Bobak AK, Mileva VR & Hancock PJB (2019) Facing the facts: Naive participants have only moderate insight into their face recognition and face perception abilities. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 72 (4), pp. 872-881. https://doi.org/10.1177/1747021818776145
Mileva VR, Bobak AK & Hancock PJB (2017) Can science produce better passport control officers?. The Conversation. 20.03.2017. https://theconversation.com/can-science-produce-better-passport-control-officers-74649
Bobak AK, Bennetts RJ, Parris BA, Jansari A & Bate S (2016) An in-depth cognitive examination of individuals with superior face recognition skills. Cortex, 82, pp. 48-62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2016.05.003
Bobak AK, Pampoulov P & Bate S (2016) Detecting superior face recognition skills in a large sample of young British adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, Art. No.: 1378. http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01378/abstract; https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01378
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. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0148148
Bate S, Bennetts RJ, Mole JA, Ainge J, Gregory NJ, Bobak AK & Bussunt A (2015) Rehabilitation of face-processing skills in an adolescent with prosopagnosia: Evaluation of an online perceptual training programme. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 25 (5), pp. 733-762. https://doi.org/10.1080/09602011.2014.973886