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Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, University of Lincoln

I am an Associate Professor in Cognitive Psychology and joined the University of Lincoln in September 2016. Prior to this, I was a postdoc with Mike Burton in York and Aberdeen for around 4 years, working on face recognition projects funded by the ESRC and ERC. I also worked in the Face Lab at the University of Western Australia for four months on an Endeavour Fellowship.

I work on face perception. My research interests span three areas:
1. Face recognition and face learning
2. Social information conveyed in faces
3. The use of automatic face recognition technology, particularly in criminal justice

My main research focus is on how humans and computers learn to recognise and identify new people. I use cognitive behavioural experiments to test human face learning and identification, and computational techniques to test computer face identification.

My current project, funded by the British Academy, investigates public attitudes towards the use of automatic facial recognition technology in criminal justice systems around the world.

I am interested in face identification in forensic settings such as the use of photo-ID in security settings such as passport control, voter ID, and the identification of criminal suspects from sources such as CCTV footage.


  • 2016–present
    Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, University of Lincoln, UK
  • 2016–2016
    Endeavour Research Fellow, University of Western Australia
  • 2015–2016
    Research Fellow, University of York, UK
  • 2012–2015
    Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen, UK