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 (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). 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.


Sounds and speech : individual differences in unfamiliar voice recognition
Sunilkumar Dolly, Kelly Steve W, Stevenage Sarah V, Rankine Dillon, Robertson David J
Applied Cognitive Psychology, pp. 1-13 (2023)
Earwitness identification : an individual differences approach
Sunilkumar Dolly, Kelly Stephen, Stevenage Sarah, Robertson DJ
Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference 2022 (2022)
Sharing is believing : reassessing misinformation diffusion on social media
Huhe Narisong, Shephard Mark Peter, Robertson DJ, Anderson Tony
Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention 2022 (2022)
Fake news on social media : everyday news topics and psychological predictors of performance
Robertson DJ, Shephard Mark Peter, Anderson Tony, Huhe Narisong
Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention 2022 (2022)
Utilising the 'super-recogniser' advantage in policing
Robertson DJ
Scottish International Policing Conference (SIPR) 2022 (2022)
Social media 'addiction' : the absence of an attentional bias to social media stimuli
Thomson K, Hunter S C, Butler S H, Robertson D J
Journal of Behavioral Addictions Vol 10, pp. 302-313 (2021)

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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

Social media addiction?: An attentional bias approach
Super-recognisers: Hyper-realistic mask detection
Social media 'addiction'? An attentional bias study
Detecting Passport Morphs: An Individual Differences Approach
Setting up a successful departmental Twitter account (@UOSPsychology)
Psychology Lecture

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Creating an interactive citizen science exhibit at the Glasgow Science Centre
Robertson, David (Principal Investigator) McGeown, William (Co-investigator) Wodehouse, Andrew (Principal Investigator)
Funded by the EPSRC Impact Accelerator Account
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2023
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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