Dr James Daniel Dunn
Research Associate

Dr James Daniel Dunn

BSc(Adv) (Psyc), UNSW Sydney, Sydney (2012)

Ph.D., UNSW Sydney, Sydney (2018)

School of Psychology

I am a cognitive psychologist interested in the perceptual and cognitive processes that underlie face identification and expertise. Current areas of interest in face identification include both applied and theory inspired research.

Research Areas: Previous and current research projects include: person-in-crowd identification, the strategies supporting superior face identification accuracy, and contextual influences on face identification.

Mathews Building Room 1004


  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dunn JD; Kemp RI; White D, 2021, 'Top-down influences on working memory representations of faces: Evidence from dual-target visual search', Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 74, pp. 1368 - 1377, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/17470218211014357
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dunn JD; Summersby S; Towler A; Davis JP; White D, 2020, 'UNSW Face Test: A screening tool for super-recognizers', PLoS ONE, vol. 15, pp. e0241747, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0241747
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dunn JD; Ritchie KL; Kemp RI; White D, 2019, 'Familiarity does not inhibit image-specific encoding of faces', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, vol. 45, pp. 841 - 854, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000625
    Journal articles | 2019
    Towler A; Kemp RI; Mike Burton A; Dunn JD; Wayne T; Moreton R; White D, 2019, 'Do professional facial image comparison training courses work?', PLoS ONE, vol. 14, pp. e0211037, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0211037
    Journal articles | 2019
    Towler A; Kemp RI; Bruce V; Burton AM; Dunn JD; White D, 2019, 'Are face recognition abilities in humans and sheep really 'comparable'?', Royal Society Open Science, vol. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.180772
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dunn J; Kemp R; White D, 2018, 'Search templates that incorporate within-face variation improve visual search for faces', Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications / Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications - a SpringerOpen journal, vol. 3, pp. 1 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s41235-018-0128-1
    Journal articles | 2015
    White D; Dunn JD; Schmid AC; Kemp RI, 2015, 'Error rates in users of automatic face recognition software', PLoS ONE, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0139827
    Journal articles |
    Dunn JD; de Lima Varela VP; Nicholls VI; Papinutto M; White D; Miellet S, 'Visual information sampling in super-recognizers', , http://dx.doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/z2k4a
    Journal articles |
    Dunn JD; Summersby S; Towler A; Davis JP; White D, 'UNSW Face Test: A screening tool for super-recognizers', , http://dx.doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/k7mf6
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dunn JD; Nicholls VI; Papinutto M; Varela VPL; White D; Miellet S, 2021, 'Visual information sampling of faces by super-recognisers', Journal of Vision, vol. 21, pp. 2327 - 2327, http://dx.doi.org/10.1167/jov.21.9.2327
  • Reports | 2020
    White D; Towler A; Jeffery L; Kemp R; Palermo R; Ballantyne K; Curby K; Edmond G; Martire K; O'Toole A; Phillips J; San Roque M; Wilmer J; Carter T; Dunn J; Tullberg C; Ferguson D; Geach J; Heyer R; Michalski D; Moreton R; Noyes E; Ritchie K; Sutherland C, 2020, Evaluating face identification expertise: Turning theory into practice, https://socialsciences.org.au/workshop/evaluating-face-identification-expertise-turning-theory-into-practice/


UNSW Science Early Career Academic Award - 2021

UNSW Science ECAN Seeding Grant - 2020

UNSW Science PhD Writing Scholarship - 2018

Outstanding Research Student Award - 2017

UNSW Science Postgraduate Research Competition School of Psychology Prize - 2016

UNSW Science Postgraduate Research Competition Competition Winner - 2015