I have received The 2013 University of Queensland Fellowship from the American Australian Association, worth $40,000 (press release – Emerging Australian stars receive top prizes). I’ll spend some time at Harvard working with Jeremy Wolfe, who is Professor of Ophthalmology and Radiology at Harvard Medical School and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. I will receive the award at Black Tie ceremony at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
Our Flashed Face Distortion Effect was featured in the Brain Games program on the National Geographic Channel. Unfortunately, they disregarded the fact that the faces don’t need to be presented in the periphery for the effect to work (as we described in our paper), but we are happy to see the effect being enjoyed by a wide audience.
The 40th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC) was held at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide from 3-6 April 2013, and I presented with the rather drawn out title of: Expertise, memory, and non-analytic cognition in fingerprint matching: Experts can discriminate prints in noise, spaced in time, and in the blink of an eye. I was joined by fellow lab members Rachel Searston, Ruben Laukkonen, Jason Tangen, who also presented.
The first practitioner-based UQ Forensic Reasoning Workshop was held at The University of Queensland on 25-26 March. We welcomed Bruce Comber from The Australian Federal Police, Duncan McCarthy from the Queensland Police Service, Sophia Arulappu from the Victoria Police, Cameron Forsyth from New South Wales Police, and Gary Edmond from UNSW Law. Me, Jason Tangen, Rachel Searston, and Ruben Laukkonen from the Expertise & Evidence Lab presented our latest research, and we spent two days devising future experiments on expertise, discussing various training and recruitment practices across the states, and developing a contemporary model of expert testimony. Click for more.
I spent a few days with my good friend Will Harrison in Boston, Massachusetts, and presented to Peter Bex’s lab at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School. I also presented to Jeremy Wolfe and his Visual Attention Group at Harvard Medical School. Jeremy Wolfe is Professor of Ophthalmology and Radiology at Harvard Medical School, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. Click for more.
I presented at the 65th Anniversary Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Washington, DC. The theme of the conference was “Founded on observation and experience, improved by education and research.” I had meetings with Barry Scheck (co-founder Innocence Project), Michael Risinger (Professor of Law), and William Thompson (Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society and Psychology & Social Behavior and Law). My talk, “Evidence for expertise in fingerprint identification and the ramifications for the future study of forensic expertise,” was in the Criminalistics Stream, Fingerprint Identification and Analysis Session. [PDF] [Slides]
I’ve just finished a three month visit to the University of California, Irvine, as a Visiting Fulbright Scholar. I was invited by Bill Thompson and also spent time chatting with Simon Cole and Elizabeth Loftus who form part of the Center for Psychology and Law. Bill and I are working on surveying the various approaches to the expression of forensic science conclusions, considering the epistemological and legal issues, and evaluating the costs and benefits of each approach. Thank you to everyone who made my visit a fun and fruitful one! Click for more.