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Dr David White

BSc York, PhD UOG.

David White

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

email : david.white@unsw.edu.au

External Address

School of Psychology
The University of New South Wales

Profile

My research focuses on cognitive processes and representations driving face recognition, familiarity and perceptual expertise; with emphasis on tasks that have clear implications for people’s daily lives. To address this, recent work has focussed on individual differences and expert performance in face identification tasks, both in trained professionals and individuals with natural aptitude (or impairment) on these tasks.

I passionately advocate the importance of cognitive psychology in modern society. By showing how cognitive psychology can be applied to address real-world problems I also aim to engage students, and to help illuminate how experimental approaches can be used to improve our understanding of the cognitive system.

External Memberships

  • Fellow, Psychonomic Society
  • Member, Experimental Psychology Society
  • Member, Association for Psychological Science
  • Member, Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
  • Member, Australian Academy for Forensic Sciences

Awards

  • 2017 Best Article Award in Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications (CRPI) (2017), White, D., Sutherland, C., & Burton, A. Paper title: "Choosing face: The curse of self in profile image selection."

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • White, D., Norrell, K., Phillips, J. P., & O’Toole, A.J. (2017). Human factors in forensic face identification. In M. Tistarelli & C. Champod (Eds.), Handbook of Biometrics in Forensic Science (pp. 195-218). Somerville, USA: Springer.
  • Kemp, R.I. & White, D. (2016). Face identification. In D. Groome & M. Eyesenck (Eds.), An Introduction to Applied Cognitive Psychology (2nd ed., pp. 39-70). London and New York: Taylor & Francis Group.

Periodicals

  • Hu, Y., Jackson, K., Yates, A., White, D., Phillips, P.J., & O’Toole, A.J. (In Press). Person identification: Qualitative differences in how forensic face examiners and untrained people rely on the face versus the body for identification. Visual Cognition. doi:10.1080/13506285.2017.1297339
  • Towler, A., White, D., & Kemp, R. (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., Rivolta, D., Burton, A.M., Al-Janabi, S., & Palermo, R. (2017). Face matching impairment in developmental prosopagnosia. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70(2), 287-297. doi:10.1080/17470218.2016.1173076
  • 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, 2, 23. doi:10.1186/s41235-017-0058-3
  • Beattie, L., Walsh, D., McLaren, J., Biello, S. M., & White, D. (2016). Perceptual impairment in face identification with poor sleep. Royal Society Open Science, 3(10), 160321. doi:10.1098/rsos.160321
  • Edmond, G., Found, B., Martire, K., Ballantyne, K., Hamer, D., Searston, R., Thompson, M., Cunliffe, E., White, D., et al. (2016). Model forensic science. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 48(5), 496-537. doi:10.1080/00450618.2015.1128969
  • White, D., Burton, A.L., & Kemp, R.I. (2016). Not looking yourself: The cost of self selecting photographs for face identification. British Journal of Psychology, 107, 359-373. doi:10.1111/bjop.12141
  • Menon, N., White, D. & Kemp, R.I. (2015). Variation in photos of the same face drives improvements in identity verification. Perception, 44(11), 1332-1341. doi:10.1177/0301006615599902
  • Menon, N., White, D. & Kemp, R.I. (2015). Identity-level representations affect unfamiliar face matching performance in sequential but not simultaneous tasks. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68(9), 1777-1793. doi:10.1080/17470218.2014.990468
  • Ritchie, K.L., Smith, F.G., Jenkins, R., Bindemann, M., White, D., & Burton, A.M. (2015). Viewers base estimates of face matching accuracy on their own familiarity: Explaining the photo-ID paradox. Cognition, 141, 161-169. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2015.05.002
  • White, D., Dunn, J.D., Schmid, A.C. & Kemp, R.I. (2015). Error rates in users of automatic face recognition software. Plus 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 B: Biological Sciences, 282, 1814-1822. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.1292
  • Edmond, G., Martire, K.A., Kemp, R.I., Hamer, D., Hibbert, B., Ligertwood, A., Porter, G., San Roque, M., Searston, R., Tangen, J., Thompson, M., & White, D. (2014). How to cross-examine forensic scientists: A guide for lawyers. Australian Bar Review, 39(2), 174-197.
  • Frowd, C., White, D., Kemp, R.I., Jenkins, R., Nawaz, M. & Herold, K. (2014). Constructing faces from memory: The impact of image likeness and prototypical representations. urnal of Forensic Practice, 16(4), 243-256. doi:10.1108/JFP-08-2013-0042
  • Towler, A., White, D. & Kemp , R.I. (2014). Evaluating training methods for Facial Image Comparison: The Face Shape Strategy does not work. Perception, 43(2), 214-218. doi:10.1068/p7676
  • 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
  • White, D., Kemp, R.I., Jenkins, R., Matheson, M., Burton, A.M. (2014). Passport Officers’ errors in face matching. Plus One, 9(8), e103510. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0103510
  • Strathie, A., McNeill, A. & White, D. (2013). In the dock: Chimeric image composites reduce face identification accuracy. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26(1), 140-148. doi: 10.1002/acp.1806
  • White, D., Burton, A.M., Kemp, R.I., & Jenkins, R. (2013). Crowd effects in unfamiliar face matching. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27(6), 769-777. doi:10.1002/acp.2971
  • Jenkins, R., White, D., van Montfort, X., & Burton, A.M. (2011). Variability in photos of the same face. Cognition, 121, 313-323.
  • Megreya, A.M., White, D., & Burton, A.M. (2011). The other-race effect does not rely on memory: Evidence from a matching task. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 1473- 1483.

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Afrooz, A.E., White, D. & Neuman, M. (2014). Which visual cues are important in way-finding? Measuring the influence of travel mode on visual memory for built environments. In H.A. Caltenco, P.-O. Hedvall, A. Larsson, K. Rassmus-Grohn & B. Rydeman (Ed.), Proceedings of the Conference of Universal Design Amsterdam, The Netherlands: IOS Press BV.
  • Afrooz, A.E., White, D. & Neuman, M. (2014). Way-finding improves visual memory for built environments. In P. Kiefer, I. Giannopoulos, M. Raubal & A. Krüger (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Eye Tracking for Spatial Research (pp. 57-61). Aachen, Germany: CEUR Workshop Proceedings.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Dunn, J.D., White, D., & Kemp, R.I. (2017, April). When familiarity doesn't matter: No encoding differences for image-level details in familiar and unfamiliar faces. Poster session presented at the 44th Annual Conference of Australasian Society of Experimental Psychology (EPC17), Shoal Bay.
  • Ritchie, K.L., Kramer, R.S.S., Noyes, E., Jenkins, R., White, D., & Burton, A.M. (2017, January). Face identification from degraded images. Paper presented at the Facing the Future: Understanding Human and Machine Performance in Face Identification Systems Symposium, 12th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition Conference (SARMAC XII), The University of Sydney, Australia.
  • White, D. (2016, July). Untangling expertise in face identification. Invited colloquium at the CCD Person Perception Seminar, The University of Western Australia.
  • White, D. (2016, June). Untangling expertise in face identification. Invited colloquium at the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training Seminar, School of Psychology, Macquarie University.
  • Sutherland, C., White, D., & Burton, A. (2016, January). Putting your best face forward: Self-selecting profile pictures across online contexts. Poster session presented at the 17th Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP2016), San Diego, USA.
  • Ritchie, K.L., Smith, F.G., Jenkins, R., Bindemann, M., White, D., & Burton, A.M. (2015, March). Predicting others' performance on a face matching task: The effect of familiarity. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Conference of the Scottish Vision Group (SVG2015), Carnoustie, UK.
  • Ritchie, K.L., White, D., Robertson, D.J., & Burton, A.M. (2014, July). Predicting others' performance on a face matching task: The effect of familiarity. Paper presented at the Meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS), Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK.

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