The Face Recognition Research Project
Teesside University

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​​Welcome to the Face Recognition Research Project at Teesside University

The ability to accurately perceive and recognise the faces of others may be one of the most developed perceptual skills that humans possess. From a brief glance at a face we can usually derive its personal characteristics such as identify, gender, age and racial background. Our faces can also communicate a wide range of social information, such as an individual's emotions, what they are saying and where they are directing their attention.

Our research aims to better understand the processes that underlie our ability to recognise a face. Specifically, we are interested in exploring the role that dynamic information (e.g. bodily/facial motion, emotional expressions, speech etc.) plays in the recognition of familiar and unfamiliar faces. We aim to investigate these factors in both typical and 'face blind' populations.


Face Blindness Research and Screening

We are currently  looking to identify a group of people who have developmental prosopagnosia (also known as face blindness) who might be willing to participate in a study exploring the role of motion in face learning and recognition. Individuals who wish to take part in our research will be asked to undergo a thorough screening process, designed to identify those people who fit the profile for developmental prosopagnosia.

Further information about prosopagnosia and the face blindness screening process can be found using the links at the top of this page. If you have any questions please contact ​Dr Natalie Butcher (