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Recognising Faces Everyday: From Face-Blindness to Super-Recognition
Ebony Murray (PhD Researcher and Teaching Assistant)
The ability to recognise faces varies hugely within the population; whilst some individuals are extremely good at recognising faces – our “super-recognisers” - others are particularly poor at this and are living with a condition called prosopagnosia (more commonly referred to as face-blindness), often failing to recognise even their closest friends and family. Ebony will discuss both ends of the face recognition spectrum and the current research being done in the field, with a few opportunities to test your own face recognition abilities thrown in for good measure!
How does navigation ability change as we get older?
Christopher Hilton (PhD Researcher)
The way in which humans navigate through the world changes with the typical ageing trajectory. I will present several experiments which use virtual environments and eye-tracking techniques to help understand the implications these age-related changes have on navigation behaviour. This work focuses on two aspects of human navigation behaviour: ability to learn and recognise places, and ability to learn and recall routes through the environment. The results highlight areas of navigation behaviour which change with age, as well as areas which stay the same.
Stop, look, listen, think! But where should you be looking?
Victorial Nicholls (PhD Researcher)
Pedestrian safety campaigns have focussed on telling individuals to stop and look when they are at a road crossing but never where to look, or what to look at. This evening, Vicky will discuss where children and older adults look when the cross the road and how this influences their ability to make safe crossing decisions. This should provide insights into how to improve the safety of crossing decisions made by older adults and young children, as well as any potential infrastructure changes.