Daniel Carragher

Dr Daniel Carragher

Lecturer

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Generally speaking, my research examines how we perceive human faces. I'm interested in how we recognise faces and emotional expressions, make first impressions from facial appearance, and perform identity matching tasks. My work also examines that factors that help or hinder performance on these types of tasks. Other research interests include the lateralisation of visuospatial attention, and ensemble coding.

My recent research interests all centre around how we identify human faces. That is, if we are shown two faces, how are we able to tell whether they show the same person or two different people? This type of face matching task is surprisingly common in the real world, yet the average person is somewhat error prone when making these decisions. Recently, I have been investigating how humans perform these face matching tasks when assisted by facial recognition technology. I have also led a number of projects about how COVID-19 face masks affect identification accuracy. My previous research has also included studying the first impressions we make from facial appearance, how we process complex visual scenes, and asymmetries in visuospatial attention.

Honours Projects 2024

I'll be offering several honours projects in 2024, likely all revolving around human performance on one-to-one face matching tasks (potentially when assisted by facial recognition technologies). These tasks are common in every day life, such as when you are asked to show photo ID (e.g., a driver's licence) at a store or when travelling through airports. Yet humans struggle to decide whether photo ID matches the person presenting it for inspection! Even under ideal lab conditions, participants often only achieve accuracy of around 80% (or, to put it another way, make a mistake 1 in 5 times). You can find links to my most recent work in this area through the link to Google Scholar on my profile (below).

If you are interested in some other aspect of face perception, please know that I am also open to projects suggested by students.

In either case, please contact me via email for further information.

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2024 Ritchie, K. L., Carragher, D. J., Davis, J. P., Read, K., Jenkins, R. E., Noyes, E., . . . Hancock, P. J. B. (2024). Face masks and fake masks: the effect of real and superimposed masks on face matching with super-recognisers, typical observers, and algorithms. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 9(1), 13 pages.
    DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC1
    2023 Carragher, D. J., & Hancock, P. J. B. (2023). Simulated automated facial recognition systems as decision-aids in forensic face matching tasks.. Journal of experimental psychology. General, 152(5), 1286-1304.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS2
    2023 Carragher, D. J., & Hancock, P. (2023). The Wisdom of the Crowd Can Unmask Faces.
    DOI
    2023 Carragher, D. J., Sturman, D., & Hancock, P. (2023). Trust in Automation and the Accuracy of Human-Algorithm Teams Performing One-to-One Face Matching Tasks.
    DOI
    2022 Carragher, D. J., Towler, A., Mileva, V. R., White, D., & Hancock, P. J. B. (2022). Masked face identification is improved by diagnostic feature training. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 7(1), 1-12.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS7 Europe PMC4
    2022 Carragher, D. J. (2022). Examining the cheerleader effect. Nature Reviews Psychology, 1(6), 316.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2021 Hsieh, J. Y. J., Gwinn, O. S., Brooks, K. R., Stephen, I. D., Carragher, D. J., & Nicholls, M. E. R. (2021). The “cheerleader effect” in facial and bodily attractiveness: A result of memory bias and not perceptual encoding. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 74(5), 972-980.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS6 Europe PMC3
    2021 Ciricugno, A., Bartlett, M. L., Gwinn, O. S., Carragher, D. J., & Nicholls, M. E. R. (2021). The effect of cognitive load on horizontal and vertical spatial asymmetries. Laterality, 26(6), 706-724.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS5 Europe PMC3
    2021 Carragher, D. J., Towler, A., Mileva, V. R., White, D., & Hancock, P. (2021). Masked face identification is improved by diagnostic feature training.
    DOI
    2021 Carragher, D. J., Thomas, N. A., & Nicholls, M. E. R. (2021). The dissociable influence of social context on judgements of facial attractiveness and trustworthiness.. British journal of psychology (London, England : 1953), 112(4), 902-933.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS8 Europe PMC5
    2020 Carragher, D. J., Thomas, N. A., Gwinn, O. S., & Nicholls, M. E. R. (2020). The cheerleader effect is robust to experimental manipulations of presentation time. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 32(5-6), 553-561.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS7
    2020 Carragher, D. J., & Hancock, P. J. B. (2020). Surgical face masks impair human face matching performance for familiar and unfamiliar faces.. Cognitive research: principles and implications, 5(1), 59.
    DOI Scopus102 WoS76 Europe PMC63
    2020 Carragher, D. J., & Hancock, P. (2020). Surgical face masks impair human face matching performance for familiar and unfamiliar faces.
    DOI
    2019 Carragher, D. J., Thomas, N. A., Gwinn, O. S., & Nicholls, M. (2019). The cheerleader effect is robust to experimental manipulations of presentation time.
    DOI
    2019 Carragher, D. J., Thomas, N. A., Gwinn, O. S., & Nicholls, M. E. R. (2019). Limited evidence of hierarchical encoding in the cheerleader effect.. Scientific reports, 9(1), 9329.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS13 Europe PMC6
    2018 Carragher, D. J., Lawrence, B. J., Thomas, N. A., & Nicholls, M. E. R. (2018). Visuospatial asymmetries do not modulate the cheerleader effect. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 2548.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS17 Europe PMC5
    2018 Carragher, D. J., Thomas, N. A., & Nicholls, M. E. R. (2018). Is trustworthiness lateralized in the face? Evidence from a trust game. Laterality, 23(1), 20-38.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS11 Europe PMC6
  • Preprint

    Year Citation
    2023 Bartlett, M. L., Carragher, D. J., Hancock, P., & McCarley, J. S. (2023). Benchmarking Automation-Aided Performance in a Forensic Face Matching Task.
    DOI

Building Research Leaders (2023) - University of Adelaide, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, School of Psychology.

Lecturer & Course Coordinator

2022-24 (Semester 1) -  Advanced Career & Research Skills in Psychology A (PSYCHOL 3011A)

2022-24 (Semester 2) - Perception & Cognition (PSYCHOL 3023)

 

Course Coordinator

2022 (Semester 2) - Doing Research in Psychology Advanced (PSYCHOL 3020)

  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83135557
  • Email: daniel.carragher@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor Level Seven
  • Room: 725
  • Org Unit: Psychology

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