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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Super-Recognisers in Action: Evidence from Face-matching and Face Memory Tasks
Author(s): Bobak, Anna Katarzyna
Hancock, Peter J B
Bate, Sarah
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Keywords: Super-recognizers
face matching
face recognition
national security
unfamiliar faces
human performance
Issue Date: Jan-2016
Date Deposited: 4-May-2016
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.
DOI Link: 10.1002/acp.3170
Rights: This article is open-access. Open access publishing allows free access to and distribution of published articles where the author retains copyright of their work by employing a Creative Commons attribution licence. Proper attribution of authorship and correct citation details should be given.

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