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Face Perception: from recognising friends to checking passports

Mike Burton will describe the scientific study of face recognition, comparing our human abilities to those of automatic systems. He will show examples of studies with police and security officers as they try to improve face recognition. Our society has come to rely on this, especially in forensic and security settings, for example when monitoring CCTV or verifying passports, but it turns out there are limits to its use.

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Speakers

Professor Mike Burton is Head of the Psychology Department at the University of York, a past President of the Experimental Psychology Society and a Fellow of the British Academy.