David Robertson


  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students


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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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U.S. Defence HDIAC Podcast 1/2: Capitalizing on the Super-Recognition Advantage

Robertson, D. & Davis, J. P.

Project: Knowledge Exchange (Conference / Seminar Hosting)

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

Robertson, D.


Project: Knowledge Exchange (Conference / Seminar Hosting)

Research Output

  • 24 Article
  • 2 Commissioned report
  • 1 Conference contribution book
  • 1 Review article

Capitalizing on the super-recognition advantage: a powerful, but underutilized, tool for policing and national security agencies

Davis, J. P. & Robertson, D. J., 19 Jun 2020, The Journal of The United States Homeland Defence and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC), 7, 1, p. 20-25 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
4 Downloads (Pure)

Checking ID-cards for the sale of restricted goods: age decisions bias face decisions

Robertson, D. J. & Burton, A. M., 3 Sep 2020, In : Applied Cognitive Psychology. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
4 Downloads (Pure)


2020 Images of Research Competition

Robertson, David (Recipient), 11 Jun 2020

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Chartered Member of The British Psychological Society

Robertson, David (Recipient), 1 Jun 2017

Prize: Other distinction


Organiser: 1st Annual Psychology Public Engagement Talk

David Robertson (Recipient)

17 Oct 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

University of Strathclyde Virtual Reality Conference

David Robertson (Participant)

1 Oct 2018

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