I completed both my BSc and Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Sussex supervised by Dr Graham Hole. I then spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brock University, Canada, working with Prof Cathy Mondloch in the Face Perception Lab. I joined Keele in September 2015 as a Lecturer in Psychology.
Research and scholarship
My research examines how humans perceive and identify faces. Face recognition is important for social interactions (e.g. recognising a colleague in the corridor) and also in a range of applied settings (e.g. recognising someone in CCTV footage). I am currently conducting research that aims to understand: a) the nature of our representations of familiar faces, b) how a face transitions from being unfamiliar to familiar, c) face recognition in applied settings (e.g. policing, security, missing persons).
In 2018 I was awarded a New Investigator award of £235,344 from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This will fund a 3-year project that examines how we recognise faces across substantial changes in appearance.
During my postdoctoral fellowship in the Face Perception Lab (Brock University, Canada, 2013-15) I studied the development of face recognition during childhood and the own-ethnicity bias. I continue to examine these topics in my current role. In 2016 was awarded a small grant by the British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust to investigate how children learn newly encountered faces.
Funded Research Projects:
- 2018/2021 ESRC New Investigator (£235,344). Title: Recognition of the Ageing Face
- 2016/19 British Academy/ Leverhulme Small Research Grant (£9849). Title: Children’s face recognition: Does variability help children learn the faces of new people?
- PSY-10034 Biological and Cognitive Psychology
- PSY-20038 Cognitive Development
- PSY-20045 Biological and Cognitive Psychology
- PSY-30061 Final Year Project
- PSY-30123 Faces, Forensics and Forgetting
- PSY-40038 Research Apprenticeship in Psychology
- PSY-40046 Advanced Study in Child Development
- PSY-40053 Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience Research Methods
- Proietti, V., Laurence, S., Matthews, C. M., Zhou, X. & Mondloch, C. J. (2018). Attending to identity cues reduces the own-age but not the own-race recognition advantage, Vision Research.
- Baker, K., Laurence, S. & Mondloch, C. J. (2017). How does a newly encountered face become familiar? The effect of within-person variability on adults' and children's perception of identity. Cognition, 161, 19-30.
- Farrell, A., Semplonius, T., Farrell, M., Zhou, X., Laurence, S., Evans, A. D., Willoughby, T., Mahy, C. E. V., & Mondloch, C. J. (2016). Research activity in Canadian developmental psychology programs. Canadian Psychology, 57, 76-82.
- Laurence, S. & Mondloch, C. J. (2016). That's my teacher! Children's ability to recognize personally familiar and unfamiliar faces improves with age. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 143, 123 –138.
- Laurence, S., Zhou, X. & Mondloch, C. J. (2016). The flip side of the other-race coin: They all look different to me. British Journal of Psychology, 107, 374 –388.
- Laurence, S., Hole, G. & Hills, P. J. (2014). Lecturers' faces fatigue their students: Face identity aftereffects for dynamic and static faces. Visual Cognition, 22 (8), 1072-1083.
- Laurence, S. & Hole, G. (2012). Identity specific adaptation with composite faces. Visual Cognition, 20(2), 109-120.
- Laurence, S. & Hole, G. (2011). The effect of familiarity on face adaptation. Perception, 40(4), 450-463.
Full Publications List show
Lecturers' faces fatigue their students: Face identity aftereffects for dynamic and static faces. Visual Cognition, vol. 22(8), 1072-1083. doi>2014.
Identity specific adaptation with composite faces. Visual Cognition, vol. 20(2), 109-120. doi>2012.
The effect of familiarity on face adaptation. Perception, vol. 40(4), 450-463. doi>2011.