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Dr David Robertson



Personal statement

I completed my degree in Psychology at the University of Glasgow in 2009. I gained my PhD from the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in 2014, under the supervision of Professor Nilli Lavie (, and funded by an MRC PhD Studentship. I then held a post-doctoral position in Professor Mike Burton's FaceVar Lab ( at the University of Aberdeen and then the University of York (2013-2017). I moved to my current role at University of Strathclyde Psychology in 2017. I combine my lecturing responsibilities with ongoing research in attention, perception, and face recognition.


Face recognition : stopping identity fraud
Robertson D.J.
Psychology Review Vol 24, (2018)
Detecting morphed passport photos : a training and individual differences approach
Robertson David J., Mungall Andrew, Watson Derrick G., Wade Kimberley A., Nightengale Sophie J., Butler Stephen
Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications Vol 3, (2018)
Individual differences in face identity processing
McCaffery Jennifer M., Robertson David J. , Young Andrew W., Burton A. Mike
Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications Vol 3, (2018)
Face recognition : security contexts, super-recognizers, and sophisticated fraud
Robertson David J.
The Journal of The United States Homeland Defence and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) Vol 5, (2018)
The value of 'community' in supporting transitions outside university
Bonnar Elizabeth, Cummings Joanne, Robertson D.J. , Kelly Stephen
3rd International Enhancement In Higher Education Conference, (2017)
Face detection dissociates from face identification
Robertson David J. , Jenkins Rob, Burton A. Mike
Visual Cognition, pp. 1-9, (2017)

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My teaching duties extend across the BA degree and our MSc prgrammes:

Deputy Course Director - MSc in Research Methods 

Topic Leader - 4th Year Course - The Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience of Face Recognition (PCNFR) 

Topic Leader - 4th Year Course - Psychology Work Placement Class 

Topic Contributor - 3rd Year Course - Cognition

Topic Contributor - 2nd Year Course - Cognition & Neuropsychology

Undergraduate Dissertation Supervisor 

MSc Dissertation Supervisor