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About Kay Ritchie

I am a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology and joined the department in September 2016. Prior to this, I was a postdoc with Mike Burton in York and Aberdeen for around 4 years, working on face recognition projects funded by the ESRC and ERC. I also worked in the Face Lab at the University of Western Australia for four months at the end of my postdoc. I work on face perception. My research interests span three areas: 1. Face recognition and face learning 2. Social information conveyed in faces 3. How faces modulate visual attention and awareness

Department Responsibilities

Lectures: - Cognition (2nd year) - Brain & Behaviour (2nd year) Module Co-ordinator: - Research Internship elective (2nd year) Group teaching: - Research skills (2nd year) - Tutor groups Supervision: - Research Internship (2nd year) - Advanced Research Internship (Masters) - Dissertation/thesis projects (undergraduate & postgraduate) Admin: - School of Psychology Digital Working Group and Social Media Lead - Equality Committee member (formerly Athena Swan) - Digital standing group (University) - Staff member for DigiPsych student blog - Ad hoc ethics reviewer

Subject Specialism

Face processing; Face recognition


  • PhD — University of Aberdeen, 2013
  • MA (undergraduate) — University of Aberdeen, 2009


  • Endeavour Research Fellowship — Australian Department of Education,


Engagement: Public Groups: - LiGHTS - The Community Lab (ESRC funded event for Festival of Social Sciences, 2017) - Natural History Museum exhibit (2017) Applied Groups: - Unfamiliar Face Recognition group - speaker (Sydney 2017) - Face Recognition at its Best workshop - panel member (London 2017)

Research Interests

  • Face identification

  • Face Perception

  • Face recognition

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • Improving police line-ups: The effect of multiple face images at memory retrieval — awarded £3500 by Experimental Psychology Society in 2018
  • The Community Lab (public engagement event) — awarded £998 by ESRC in 2017
  • Familiar faces in visual awareness (with Kayleigh Brenchley - undergraduate) — awarded £1000 by University of Lincoln Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme in 2017

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations