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Dr Matthew Fysh

Lecturer in Psychology


Research interests

My research interests encompass the cognitive processes surrounding the identification of unfamiliar faces. The focus of my 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, I am 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.

Key publications

  • 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., & 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.
  • 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


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