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Fusion Professorial Lecture Series

Fusion Professorial Lecture Series

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.

Upcoming lecture - POSTPONED

Bournemouth University appreciates that the coronavirus (or COVID-19) pandemic is a cause for concern for students, colleagues and the wider BU community. The welfare of our staff, students and visitors is the university’s highest priority and since early January we have been continuously monitoring the situation and liaising closely with Public Health England (PHE) and acting in line with their latest advice at all times.

Based on this advice, the university has taken the decision to postpone all university events until at least 1 May. We recognise that this may be disappointing, but believe it necessary to help keep our community safe.

Therefore, Face-to-face with face processing: from super recognition to face blindness will be postponed until further notice. We will review a possible rescheduled date in due course and provide updates once we have further details.

A flyer for the event, featuring Professor Sarah Bate, details of the time and date and location, and a graphic representing a piece of a face as a puzzle pieceFace-to-face with face processing: from super recognition to face blindness

Professor Sarah Bate at Lighthouse, Poole 

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 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.

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