Exceptional at face recognition - exceptional at crime fighting?

Dr Josh Davis

Thursday, February 15 2018 at 8:00PM

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Dr Josh Davis

What's the talk about?

The ability to recognise faces ranges from those with prosopagnosia, who cannot even recognise family members, to super-recognisers, who seemingly never forget a face.

First coming to attention following the London Riots of 2011, some super-recogniser police officers identify multiple suspects from CCTV images. A few identify 100s per annum, outperforming computerised face recognition systems. Most identified suspects were previously familiar to the officer, although sometimes, a case has been built up against an unknown suspect by snapping his or her image across multiple crime scenes.

This presentation will discuss some of these cases as well as research conducted on police super-recognisers, and on over 5 million members of the public who have been attracted by worldwide media adverts for an online.

Could you be a super-recogniser? Examples of super-recogniser test stimuli will be demonstrated to give the audience a participatory idea of just how good super-recognisers really are.

Dr Josh P Davis is a Reader in Applied Psychology at the University of Greenwich. He regularly appears in the international media, and has advised UK and international police forces on forensic facial identification procedures, consulted with business, and has presented his research worldwide (inc. Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Russia, USA).