Dr David White

My Expertise

I am lead investigator in the Face Research Lab at UNSW. My research focusses on cognitive and perceptual systems that enable accurate face recognition. I have broad interests in this area, encompassing human and computer performance in face identification tasks.

Accurate face identification decisions are critical to identity management processes in government, police, private industry and courts. As a result, these decisions can have profound social consequences, such as identity theft, acts of terrorism or wrongful convictions.

The human face transmits a stream of diverse social information, and so a person's identity is only part of the information we glean from a face. In our lab we also study how face perception drives social decision making, for example who we choose to trust, befriend or employ.


Research areas: Face recognition, biometrics, person perception, super-recognisers, first impressions.