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The deployment of super-recognisers in policing and identity verification

The deployment of super-recognisers in policing and identity verification

Davis, Josh P. ORCID: 0000-0003-0017-7159 (2018) The deployment of super-recognisers in policing and identity verification. In: The Chartered Society of Forensic Scientists Annual Conference, 2 November 2018, Northampton.

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Super-recognisers inhabit the extreme top end of a spectrum of face processing ability in the population. They outperform controls at long and short-term familiar and unfamiliar face recognition tests, spotting faces in a crowd, and simultaneous face matching, although some exhibit performance variations on the different test types. Their skills are face-specific, although they do transfer to face-types less commonly experienced (e.g. young children), while regular exposure to different face-types drives superior performances. Untrained super-recognisers perform face matching tasks to the same level as highly trained forensic facial examiners, with accuracy enhanced when decisions are combined with those generated by advanced computerised face recognition systems. This presentation will discuss methods of identifying, recruiting, and training super-recognisers for businesses and government agencies. It is likely these highly skilled individuals would work most effectively in any forensic setting in which the identification of photos of human faces is a primary role.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Super-recognisers
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2020 16:54
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