Dr James Dunn

Dr James  Dunn

Dr James Dunn

Postdoctoral Research Associate


BSc(Adv) (Psyc), UNSW Sydney, Sydney (2012)

Ph.D., UNSW Sydney, Sydney (2018)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9065 1425
Email: Dr James Dunn

Office: Mathews Building Room 1004

Research Summary

I am a cognitive psychologist interested in the perceptual and cognitive processes that underlie face identification and expertise. Current areas of interest in face identification include both applied and theory inspired research.

Research Areas: Previous and current research projects include: person-in-crowd identification, the strategies supporting superior face identification accuracy, and contextual influences on face identification.


Dunn, J. D., Kemp, R. I., & White, D. (2021). Top-down influences on working memory representations of faces: Evidence from dual-target visual search. Q J Exp Psychol (Hove), 74(8), 1368-1377. 


Dunn, J. D., Summersby, S., Towler, A., Davis, J. P., & White, D. (2020). UNSW Face Test: A screening tool for super-recognizers. PLoS One, 15(11), e0241747. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0241747

Dunn, J. D., Ritchie, K. L., Kemp, R. I., & White, D. (2019). Familiarity does not inhibit image-specific encoding of faces. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 45(7), 841-854. doi:10.1037/xhp0000625

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

Towler, A., Kemp, R. I., Bruce, V., Burton, A. M., Dunn, J. D., & White, D. (2019). Are face recognition abilities in humans and sheep really ‘comparable’? R. Soc. open sci., 6, 180772. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.180772

Dunn, J. D., Kemp, R. I., & White, D. (2018). Search templates that incorporate within-face variation improve visual search for faces. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 3(37), 1-11. doi:10.1186/s41235-018-0128-1

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

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

UNSW Science Early Career Academic Award - 2021

UNSW Science ECAN Seeding Grant - 2020

UNSW Science PhD Writing Scholarship - 2018

Outstanding Research Student Award - 2017

UNSW Science Postgraduate Research Competition School of Psychology Prize - 2016

UNSW Science Postgraduate Research Competition Competition Winner - 2015

Current Research Students

Anita Trinh (PhD)

Personal Links

Forensic Psychology Lab


Research Gate

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