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The worldwide impact of identifying super-recognisers in police and business

The worldwide impact of identifying super-recognisers in police and business

Davis, Josh P. ORCID: 0000-0003-0017-7159 (2019) The worldwide impact of identifying super-recognisers in police and business. The Cognitive Psychology Bulletin, 4. pp. 17-22. ISSN 2397-2653

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Super-recognisers occupy the extreme top end of a wide spectrum of human face recognition ability. Although test scores provide evidence of super-recognisers’ quantitative superiority, their abilities may be driven by qualitatively different cognitive or neurological mechanisms. Some super-recognisers scoring exceptionally highly on multiple short-term face memory tests do not achieve superior performances on measures of simultaneous face matching, long-term face memory and/or spotting faces in a crowd. Heterogeneous performance patterns have implications for police, security or business aiming to utilise super-recognisers’ superior skills. Drawing on a global participant base (N ≈ 6,000,000), as well as theory and empirical research, this paper describes the background, development, and employment of tests designed to measure four components of superior face processing to assist in recruitment and deployment decisions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Face recognition, super-recognisers, memory, police
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Applied Psychology Research Group
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
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Last Modified: 06 Jul 2019 23:57
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