Dr David White

Dr David White

Dr David White

Scientia Fellow (Senior Lecturer)

PhD (Uni of Glasgow, 2008), BSc (Uni of York, 2003)


Contact details

Phone: (02) 9385 3254
Email: Dr David White

Office: Mathews Building, Room 1002

Research Summary

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

Forensic Psychology Labhttp://forensic.psy.unsw.edu.au/


This is a representatve list of my research. For a full publication list please visit my Google Scholar page.

Towler, A., Kemp, R. I., Burton, A. M., Dunn, J. D., Wayne, T., Moreton, R., & White, D. (2019). Do professional facial image comparison training courses work?. PloS one, 14(2), e0211037. [https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0211037]

Ramon, M., Bobak, A. K., & White, D. (2019). Super‐recognizers: From the lab to the world and back again. British Journal of Psychology. [https://doi.org/10.1111/bjop.12368]

Balsdon, T., Summersby, S., Kemp, R. I. & White, D. (2018). Improving face identification with specialist teams. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 3:25. [doi: 10.1186/s41235-018-0114-7].

Phillips, P.J, Yates, A.N., Hu, Y., Hahn, C. A., Noyes, E., Jackson, K., Cavazos, J. G., Jeckeln, G., Ranjan, R., Sankaranarayanan, S., Chen, J., Castillo, C. D., Chellappa, R., White, D.& O’Toole, A. J. (2018). Face recognition accuracy in Forensic examiners, Super-Recognisers and Algorithms. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115 (24), 6171-6177 [doi: 10.1073/pnas.1721355115].

Towler, A., White, D., Ballantyne, K., Searston, R. A., Martire, K. A. & Kemp, R. I. (2018). Are forensic scientists experts? Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 7 (2), 199-208. [doi: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2018.03.010].

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]

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Current projects:

2019-2022: Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP190102916: “Information sampling in superior face identifiers” (Chief Investigator: 3 years, $375,227)

2017-2020 Australian Research Council Linkage Project LP160101523: “Towards optimal face identification systems” (Chief Investigator: 3 years, $870,000)

2019-2020:British Academy: “Facial recognition in the criminal justice system” (Co-investigator: 2 years, $60,000)

Current Research Students

Rebecca Tyler 

Victor Varela

Anita Trinh 

Personal Links

Take the UNSW Face Test to find out if you are a 'super-recogniser'.

Forensic Psychology Lab

Evidence Based Forensics Initiative