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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). 

Teaching Interests

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 


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Research Output 2012 2019

  • 19 Article
  • 2 Commissioned report
  • 1 Conference contribution book
  • 1 Review article
Practice Guidelines
Best Practice
Human Factors

Face identity verification: five challenges facing practitioners

Robertson, D. J., Fysh, M. C. & Bindemann, M., 14 Jun 2019, Keesing Journal of Documents & Identity, 59, p. 3-8 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access


Chartered Member of The British Psychological Society

David Robertson (Recipient), 1 Jun 2017

Prize: Other distinction

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

David Robertson (Recipient), 1 Feb 2019

Prize: Other distinction

Activities 2012 2017

  • 17 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation
  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Organiser of major conference
  • 1 Invited talk

Unfamiliar Face Recognition: Super-recognisers, smartphones and identity fraud

David Robertson (Speaker)
1 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Face Recognition At It's Best 2017

David Robertson (Participant)
19 Oct 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course