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.


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)
Hyper-realistic face masks in a live passport-checking task
Robertson David J, Sanders Jet G, Towler Alice, Kramer Robin S S, Spowage Josh, Byrne Ailish, Burton A Mike, Jenkins Rob
Perception Vol 49, pp. 298-309 (2020)
Hyper-realistic masks are extremely hard to spot – as our new research shows
Robertson David James, Towler Alice, Sanders Jet, Kramer Robin
Facial recognition : research reveals new abilities of 'super-recognisers'
Robertson David James, Megreya Ahmed, Davis Josh P
Globalising strategies to meet global challenges : the case of ageing and dementia
Parra Mario A, Butler Stephen, McGeown William J, Brown Nicholls Louise A, Robertson David J
Journal of Global Health Vol 9 (2019)
Super-recognisers show an advantage for other race face identification
Robertson David J, Black Jennifer, Chamberlain Bethany, Megreya Ahmed M, Davis Josh P
Applied Cognitive Psychology (2019)

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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

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
Explorathon 2017: Are you a Super-Face-Recogniser?

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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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