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

Citation
Bobak AK, Hancock PJB & Bate S (2016) Super-Recognisers in Action: Evidence from Face-matching and Face Memory Tasks, Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30 (1), pp. 81-91.

Abstract
Individuals employed in forensic or security settings are often required to compare faces of ID holders to document photographs, or to recognize the faces of suspects in Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) 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-recognizers") on applied facial identity matching and memory tasks. In Experiment 1, super-recognizers were significantly better than controls when matching target faces to simultaneously presented line-ups. In Experiment 2, super-recognizers were also better at remembering faces from high quality video stills. These findings suggest that super-recognizers 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.

Keywords
Super-recognizers; face matching; face recognition; national security; unfamiliar faces; human performance

Journal
Applied Cognitive Psychology: Volume 30, Issue 1

StatusPublished
AuthorsBobak, Anna Katarzyna; Hancock, Peter J B; Bate, Sarah
Publication date01/01/2016
Publication date online20/10/2015
Date accepted by journal17/08/2015
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/22151
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN 0888-4080
LanguageEnglish
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