David White

David White

David White

Scientia Fellow

PhD, University of Glasgow

BSc, University of York

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9385 3254
Email: David White

Office: Mathews Building, Room 1002

Research Summary

Research areas: Face recognition, person perception, perceptual expertise, individual differences.


(For full list of publications please visit my Google Scholar page)

White, D., Sutherland, C.A.M, Burton, A.L. (2017). Choosing face: The curse of self in profile image selection. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications. [doi: 0.1186/s41235-017-0058-3]

Towler, A., White, D., & Kemp, R. I. (2017). Evaluating the feature comparison strategy for forensic face identification. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 23(1), 47-58. [doi: 10.1037/xap0000108] 

White, D.,Palermo, R.,Rivolta, D., Al-Janabi, S. & Burton, A. M. (2017). Face matching impairment in developmental prosopagnosia. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70, 287-297. [doi: 10.1080/17470218.2016.1173076]

White, D., Dunn, J. D., Schmid, A. C. & Kemp, R. I. (2015). Error rates in users of automatic face recognition software. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0139827. [doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0139827].

White, D., Phillips, P. J., Hahn, C. A., Hill, M., & O’Toole, A. J. (2015). Perceptual expertise in forensic facial image comparison. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 282, 1814-1822.[doi:10.1098/rspb.2015.1292] 

White D, Kemp RI, Jenkins R, Matheson M, Burton AM (2014) Passport Officers’ Errors in Face Matching. PLoS ONE 9(8): e103510. [doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0103510]

White, D., Burton, A. M., Jenkins, R. & Kemp, R. I. (2014). Redesigning photo-ID to improve unfamiliar face matching. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 20 (2), 166-173. [doi:10.1037/xap0000009]

White, D., Kemp, R. I., Jenkins, R. & Burton, A. M. (2014). Feedback training for facial image comparison. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21 (1), 100-106.  [doi:10.3758/s13423-013-0475-3] 

Jenkins, R., White, D., Van Monfort, X. & Burton, A. M. (2011). Variability in photos of the same face. Cognition, 121 (3), 313-323. [doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2011.08.001]

Burton, A. M., White, D. & McNeill, A. (2010). The Glasgow Face Matching Test. Behavior Research Methods, 42, 286-291. [doi: 10.3758/BRM.42.1.286]

Current Research Students

Tanya Wayne - Understanding voice identification expertise

James Dunn - Robust search templates for face-in-crowd search

Personal Links


Forensic Psychology Lab

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