Biography

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?

Teaching

Year 1

  • PSY-10034 Biological and Cognitive Psychology

Year 2

  • PSY-20038 Cognitive Development
  • PSY-20045 Biological and Cognitive Psychology

Year 3

  • PSY-30061 Final Year Project 
  • PSY-30123 Faces, Forensics and Forgetting 

Year 4

  • 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.

Selected Publications

  • Proietti V, Laurence SK, Matthews CM, Zhou X, Mondloch CJ. 2018. Attending to Identity Cues Reduces the Own-age but not the Own-race Recognition Advantage. Vision Research. doi> link> full text>
  • Baker K, Laurence SK, Mondloch CJ. 2017. How does a newly encountered face become familiar? The effect of within-person variability on adults' and children's perception of identity. Cognition, vol. 161, 19-30. doi> link> full text>
  • Farrell AH, Semplonius T, Shapira M, Zhou X, Laurence SK, Willoughby T, Mahy CEV, Mondloch CJ, Evans AD. 2016. Research Activity in Canadian Developmental PsychologyPrograms. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, vol. 57(2), 76-82. doi> link>
  • Laurence SK and Mondloch CJ. 2015. That's my teacher! Children's ability to recognize personally familiar and unfamiliar faces improves with age. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 15(12). doi> full text>
  • Laurence SK, Zhou X, Mondloch CJ. 2015. The flip side of the other-race coin: They all look different to me. British Journal of Psychology. doi> link> full text>

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Journal Articles

  • Proietti V, Laurence SK, Matthews CM, Zhou X, Mondloch CJ. 2018. Attending to Identity Cues Reduces the Own-age but not the Own-race Recognition Advantage. Vision Research. doi> link> full text>
  • Baker K, Laurence SK, Mondloch CJ. 2017. How does a newly encountered face become familiar? The effect of within-person variability on adults' and children's perception of identity. Cognition, vol. 161, 19-30. doi> link> full text>
  • Farrell AH, Semplonius T, Shapira M, Zhou X, Laurence SK, Willoughby T, Mahy CEV, Mondloch CJ, Evans AD. 2016. Research Activity in Canadian Developmental PsychologyPrograms. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, vol. 57(2), 76-82. doi> link>
  • Laurence SK and Mondloch CJ. 2015. That's my teacher! Children's ability to recognize personally familiar and unfamiliar faces improves with age. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 15(12). doi> full text>
  • Laurence SK, Zhou X, Mondloch CJ. 2015. The flip side of the other-race coin: They all look different to me. British Journal of Psychology. doi> link> full text>
  • Laurence SK, Holes G, Hills PJ. 2014. Lecturers' faces fatigue their students: Face identity aftereffects for dynamic and static faces. Visual Cognition, vol. 22(8), 1072-1083. doi>
  • Laurence SK and Hole G. 2012. Identity specific adaptation with composite faces. Visual Cognition, vol. 20(2), 109-120. doi>
  • Laurence SK and Hole G. 2011. The effect of familiarity on face adaptation. Perception, vol. 40(4), 450-463. doi>