Posted on 14 December 2016
Over the course of 2.5 hours (7pm-9:30pm), the team tested the public on computer based face recognition tasks and in a realistic ‘Passport Control’ setting. This was followed by a debriefing session in which the participants could compare their performance to real Metropolitan Police Super-recognisers.
Jet Sanders, a 2nd year PhD student and one of the project leaders, said, "This was a fantastic opportunity to take our science out of the lab and into society. We were delighted to be invited by the London Science Museum to create this workshop, and as a result of a strong team effort, the event proved to be a real success both scientifically and in terms of knowledge transfer".
The London Science museum provided over £1000 towards the costs associated with putting the workshop on, and provided a staff member to help out during the event.
Josh Spowage, who studies on the MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience course, said, "I really enjoyed being part of this project as it involved real science and public engagement, I would definitely recommend being part of similar initiatives to other students in the department."
For more information on this workshop, or to find out how to run your own event at the LSM, contact Dr. David Robertson.