Portrait of Dr Matthew Fysh

Dr Matthew Fysh

Research Associate

About

Matt studied for his BSc, MSc, and PhD in Psychology at the University of Kent. Upon completing his PhD in 2017, he joined the School of Psychology as a Lecturer, and then in 2018 joined the ‘CogSoCoAGE’ research team as a postdoctoral researcher.

Currently, Matt is working as a postdoctoral research associate on a two-and-a-half-year ESRC-funded project with Dr Markus Bindemann that investigates person identification in realistic contexts that will be rendered in virtual reality.

Research interests

Matt's research interests encompass the cognitive processes surrounding the identification of unfamiliar faces. The focus of his PhD research was on forensic face matching, which entails a comparison between two unfamiliar faces, to decide whether they depict the same identity or two different identities. This task is relevant to a number of real-world settings (most notably Passport Control), and is therefore rather applied in its nature.

At the same time, he is also exploring questions that speak to the more theoretical nature of this task, such as why observers might be more likely to classify two faces as the same person as opposed to different people, and how such biases might be averted or alleviated.

Matt is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher on an ESCR-funded project awarded to Dr Markus Bindemann that investigates person identification within virtual reality.

Key publications

  • Bindemann, M., Fysh, M. C., Sage, S., & Tummon, H. (2017). Person identification from aerial footage by a remote-controlled drone. Nature Scientific Reports, 7, 13629. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-14026-3
  • Fysh, M. C., & Bindemann, M. (2018). Human-computer interaction in face matching. Cognitive Science, 42, 1714-1732. https://doi.org/10.1111/cogs.12633
  • Fysh, M. C., & Bindemann, M. (2018). The Kent Face Matching Test. British Journal of Psychology, 109, 219-231. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjop.12260
  • Fysh, M. C., & Bindemann, M. (2017). Forensic face matching: A review. In M. Bindemann & A. M. Megreya (Eds.), Face Processing: Systems, Disorders, and Cultural Differences (1-20). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers Inc.

The Kent Face Matching Test

Matt also developed the Kent Face Matching Test (KFMT), which is available as a research tool for researchers to download at https://www.kent.ac.uk/school-of-psychology/kentfacematch/index.html

Its corresponding paper can be found at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/bjop.12260

Teaching


Professional

Article

  • Robertson, D. J., Fysh, M. C., & Bindemann, M. (2019). Face identity verification: Five challenges facing practitioners. The Keesing Journal of Documents and Identity, 59, 3-8.
  • Fysh, M. C., & Bindemann, M. (2018). Person identification from drones by humans: Insights from Cognitive Psychology. Drones, 2, 32. doi: 10.3390/drones2040032
  • Fysh, M. C., & Bindemann, M. (2018). Human-computer interaction in face matching. Cognitive Science, 42, doi:10.1111/cogs.12633
  • Fysh, M. C., & Bindemann, M. (2018). The Kent Face Matching Test. British Journal of Psychology, 109, 219-231. doi:10.1111/bjop.12260
  • Fysh, M. C. (2018). Individual differences in the detection, matching and memory of faces. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 3:20. doi:10.1186/s41235-018-0111-x
  • Bindemann, M., Fysh, M. C., Sage, S., Douglas, K., & Tummon, H. (2017). Person identification from aerial footage by a remote-controlled drone. Scientific Reports, 7, 1-10. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-14026-3
  • Fysh, M. C., & Bindemann, M. (2017). Effects of time pressure and time passage on face-matching accuracy. Royal Society Open Science, 4, 1-13. doi: 10.1098/rsos.170249
  • Bindemann, M., Fysh, M., Cross, K., & Watts, R. (2016). Matching faces against the clock. i-Perception, 7, 2041669516672219. doi: 10.1177/2041669516672219
  • Alenezi, H. M., Bindemann, M., Fysh, M. C., & Johnston, R. A. (2015). Face matching in a long task: Enforced rest and desk-switching cannot maintain identification accuracy. PeerJ, 3, e1184. doi:10.7717/peerj.1184

Book section

  • Fysh, M. C., & Bindemann, M. (2017). Forensic face matching: A review. In M. Bindemann, & A. M. Megreya (Eds.), Face Processing: Systems, Disorders, and Cultural Differences. New York, NY: Nova Science Publishing, Inc.

Conference presentations

  • Fysh, M. C., & Bindemann, M. (2018). Human-computer interaction in face matching. Presented at the International Congress on Applied Psychology (25-30 June, 2018), held in Montreal, Canada.
  • Fysh, M. C., & Bindemann, M. (2017). Human-computer interaction in face matching. Poster presented at Face Recognition at Its Best (19-20 September, 2017), held in London, UK.
  • Fysh, M. C., & Bindemann, M. (2017). Human-computer interaction in face matching. Poster presented at European Conference on Visual Perception (27-31 August, 2017), held in Berlin, Germany.
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