Dr David Robertson



Personal statement

I joined the School of Psychological Sciences and Health in 2017. My research focuses on face recognition, individal differences, attention, and distractibility. I have now established the Strathclyde Applied Cognitive Psychology Lab, information on our work can be found via this web page - www.strathacpl.com 

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 (www.attention-focus.com), and funded by an MRC PhD Studentship.

I then held a post-doctoral position in Professor Mike Burton's FaceVar Lab (www.facevar.com) at the University of Aberdeen and then the University of York (2013-2017). 


Super-recognisers : some people excel at both face and voice recognition
Jenkins Ryan, Robertson DJ, Davis Josh
Detecting fake news on Facebook : the role of emotional intelligence
Preston Stephanie, Anderson Anthony, Robertson David J, Shephard Mark P, Huhe Narisong
PLOS One Vol 16 (2021)
Are super-face-recognisers also super-voice-recognisers? Evidence from cross-modal identification tasks
Jenkins Ryan E, Tsermentseli Stella, Monks Claire P, Robertson David J, Stevenage Sarah V, Symons Ashley E, Davis Josh P
Applied Cognitive Psychology (2021)
Checking ID-cards for the sale of restricted goods : age decisions bias face decisions
Robertson David J, Burton A Mike
Applied Cognitive Psychology (2020)
An Experimental Exploration of Network Dynamics on Social Media : Accounting for Who Spots Fake News and Who Shares It [Written Evidence - DAD0036]
Huhe Narisong, Shephard Mark, Anderson Anthony, Robertson David
Select Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies Written Evidence Volume (2020) (2020)
Capitalizing on the super-recognition advantage : a powerful, but underutilized, tool for policing and national security agencies
Davis Josh P, Robertson David J
7 (2020)

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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 


Professional activities

Detecting Passport Morphs: An Individual Differences Approach
Organiser: 1st Annual Psychology Public Engagement Talk
University of Strathclyde Virtual Reality Conference
University of Strathclyde PSH/ONFIDO Partnership
Unfamiliar Face Recognition: Super-recognisers, smartphones and identity fraud
Face Recognition At It's Best 2017

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Explorathon 2019: Are you a super-face-recogniser?
Robertson, David (Principal Investigator)
Public engagement workshop returned for the third year, held at the Glasgow Riverside Museum, as part of European Researchers Night
27-Jan-2019 - 28-Jan-2019
Explorathon 2018: Are You A Super-Face-Recogniser?
Robertson, David (Principal Investigator)
28-Jan-2018 - 29-Jan-2018
Explorathon 2018: Are you a super-recogniser?
Robertson, David (Principal Investigator)
Public engagement event at the Glasgow Riverside Museum as part of European Researchers Night
28-Jan-2018 - 29-Jan-2018

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