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Area of academic expertise - outline

I am interested in the applications of face processing to the area of eyewitness identification. I have interests in whether child eyewitnesses are as reliable as adults and whether children use the same information and processes when recognising people. I have recently become interested in the area of voice recognition and the parallels between face and voice recognition, both developmentally and in an applied context.

Current research activities

Recent projects have focused on how well children can identify faces and voices from both target-absent and target-present line-ups and what may cause the different patterns observed for the different line-ups.  I am also currently looking at whether musicians are better at voice recognition than non-musicians.

Desired research direction

Desired research direction.

The goal of my research is to evaluate and understand the reasons why children may differ from adults in terms of face and voice identification – are these tasks that children just get better at as they develop cognitively or is there an underlying qualitative difference between the ways children and adults perceive and remember people.

Target collaborative organisations

Local Education Authorities and Schools

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Research Output

Children’s identification of unfamiliar voices on both target-present and target-absent lineups

Calderwood, L., McKay, D. R. & Stevenage, S. V., 23 Apr 2019, In : Psychology, Crime and Law. 25, 9, p. 896-910 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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    Gaze Aversion During Children's Transient Knowledge and Learning

    Doherty-Sneddon, G., Phelps, F. G. & Calderwood, L., 2009, In : Cognition and Instruction. 27, 3, p. 225-238

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    5 Citations (Scopus)

    Stuck on you: face-to-face arousal and gaze aversion in Williams syndrome

    Doherty-Sneddon, G., Riby, D., Calderwood, L. & Ainsworth, L., 2009, In : Cognitive Neuropsychiatry. 14, 6, p. 510-523

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 33 Citations (Scopus)

    Children and adults recall the names of highly familiar faces faster than semantic information

    Calderwood, L. & Burton, A. M., 1 Nov 2006, In : British Journal of Psychology. 97, 4, p. 441-454 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
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    • 2 Oral presentation
    • 1 Invited talk
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    University of Limerick

    Lesley Calderwood (Visiting researcher)

    15 Feb 201717 Feb 2017

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

    Face and Voice Identification in Children and Adults

    Lesley Calderwood (Speaker)

    31 Aug 20162 Sep 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    The Development of Children's Voice Recognition

    Lesley Calderwood (Speaker)

    11 Sep 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    The development of children’s face and voice matching skills

    Lesley Calderwood (Speaker)

    4 Sep 2014

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk