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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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Williams Syndrome Medicine & Life Sciences
Names Medicine & Life Sciences
Arousal Medicine & Life Sciences
Speech recognition Engineering & Materials Science
Experiments Engineering & Materials Science
Semantics Medicine & Life Sciences
Age Groups Medicine & Life Sciences
Communication Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2001 2019

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

Age Groups
Surgical Instruments
5 Citations (Scopus)

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

33 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

Williams Syndrome
2 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

Ethnic Groups
Semantic Information
25 Citations (Scopus)
Age Groups

Activities 2014 2017

  • 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


Mental Health
Hearing Loss
severe acute respiratory syndrome