David Robertson


  • United Kingdom

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Personal profile

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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Projects 2018 2019

Explorathon 2019: Are you a super-face-recogniser?

Robertson, D.


Project: Knowledge Exchange (Conference / Seminar Hosting)

Explorathon 2018: Are you a super-recogniser?

Robertson, D.


Project: Knowledge Exchange (Conference / Seminar Hosting)

Research Output 2012 2019

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

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 2018

University of Strathclyde Virtual Reality Conference

David Robertson (Participant)
1 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia

University of Strathclyde PSH/ONFIDO Partnership

David Robertson (Consultant)
1 Aug 20181 Feb 2019

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy