Our Fusion Professorial Lecture Series gives BU’s academics the opportunity to share an insight into their field of work, research interests and achievements to date.
Face-to-face with face processing: from super recognition to face blindness
Professor Sarah Bate at Lighthouse, Poole – 18 March, 7pm–9pm
Most of us take our ability to recognise others for granted, yet some people have extreme difficulties in everyday face recognition. On the other hand, a small number of people appear to have extraordinarily adept face recognition skills, and sometimes assist the police and international security agencies. This Fusion Professorial Lecture by Sarah Bate explores why these individual differences in face recognition ability occur, and presents findings from her current research that aims to improve face recognition skills in impaired and typical perceivers.
Professor Sarah Bate is Professor in Psychology at Bournemouth University. Her research concentrates on facial recognition, with a particular focus on ‘face blindness’ (prosopagnosia), a condition where individuals have severe difficulties in face recognition. She is currently developing new diagnostic techniques and rehabilitative programmes that can assist adults and children with the condition.
In addition, she is interested in superior face recognition skills and is working with the police to develop a means of identifying officers with an exceptional ability to recognise faces.
Sarah has filmed documentaries for Inside Out and CBBC and her work has also featured in the New Scientist and numerous national and international outlets such as The Guardian and The Daily Mail.
This lecture is free and open to the public.