Sarah Bate

Professor Sarah Bate

  • Professor In Psychology
  • Poole House P113, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Biography

I completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of Exeter in 2004, and stayed at Exeter to study a MSc in Psychological Research Methods (awarded in 2005). I also completed my PhD at Exeter in 2009, examining visual scanning patterns in developmental prosopagnosia. After completion of my PhD, I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for Professor Janice Kay for one year, before moving to Bournemouth in January 2010.

Research

I am a lead researcher in the Centre for Face Processing Disorders at Bournemouth, and author of the book 'Face Recognition and its Disorders' (Palgrave-Macmillan). My current work examines the nature of face-processing impairments in adults and children with developmental or acquired forms of prosopagnosia (face blindness). Much of my existing research has used eye-movement technology to inform this issue. In addition to providing theoretical insights into the nature of prosopagnosia and its potential sub-classification, this work is aiding the development of potential remediation techniques that may be useful in a variety of acquired and neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by face-processing impairments.

Favourites

  • Bate, S., Cook, S.J., Duchaine, B., Tree, J.J., Burns, E.J. and Hodgson, T.L., 2014. Intranasal inhalation of oxytocin improves face processing in developmental prosopagnosia. Cortex, 50, 55-63.
  • Bennetts, R., Bate, S., Cook, S., Duchaine, B., Tree, J., Burns, E. and Hodgson, T., 2013. Intranasal Inhalation of Oxytocin Improves Face Processing in Developmental Prosopagnosia. PERCEPTION, 42, 78.
  • Bate, S., 2012. Face Recognition and its Disorders. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bate, S., Parris, B., Haslam, C. and Kay, J., 2010. Socio-Emotional Functioning and Face Recognition Ability in the Normal Population. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 239-242.
  • Bate, S., Haslam, C., Tree, J.J. and Hodgson, T.L., 2008. Evidence of an eye movement-based memory effect in congenital prosopagnosia. Cortex, 44, 806-819.

Journal Articles

Books

Chapters

  • Bate, S., Mestry, N. and Portch, E., 2021. Individual differences between observers in forensic face matching. In: Bindemann, M., ed. Forensic Face Matching: Research and Practice.. Oxford University Press.
  • Bate, S. and Murray, E., 2017. The extremes of face recognition: Prosopagnosia and super recognition. Face Processing: Systems, Disorders and Cultural Differences. 203-222.

Conferences

  • Bate, S. and Bobak, A., 2016. Finding the right person for the right job: The importance of personnel selection in national security assignments involving unfamiliar face recognition. In: European Association of Psychology and Law 5-8 July 2016 Toulouse, France.
  • Bate, S., Bennetts, R., Murray, E. and Boyce, T., 2016. Prevalence and characteristics of developmental prosopagnosia in children. In: British Psychological Society Annual Conference 26-28 April 2016 Nottingham, UK.
  • Bate, S., 2016. Diagnosing developmental prosopagnosia. In: British Psychological Society Annual Conference 26-28 August 2016 Nottingham, UK.
  • Bate, S., Bennetts, R., Adams, A. and Line, H., 2016. Developmental prosopagnosia with concurrent topographical disorientation: The first case report and evaluation of a cognitive map training programme. In: British Psychological Society Annual Conference 26-28 April 2016 Nottingham, UK.
  • Murray, E., Adams, A. and Bate, S., 2016. Evidence-based guidelines for the detection and management of developmental prosopagnosia in adults and children. In: British Psychological Society Annual Conference 26-28 April 2016 Nottingham, UK.
  • Bate, S., Bobak, A. and Hancock, P.J.B., 2015. Super Recognizers in Action: Evidence from face memory and face matching tasks. In: European Association of Psychology and Law 4-7 August 2015 Nuremberg, Germany.
  • Bennetts, R., Murray, E., Boyce, T. and Bate, S., 2015. The development of face and object processing in childhood. PERCEPTION, 44, 22.
  • Bennetts, R., Bate, S., Penton, T., Kohl, C. and Banissy, M., 2015. Transcranial random noise stimulation and cognitive training improves face perception. In: Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting 28-31 March 2015 San Francisco, California. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 153 Davis, California: Cognitive Neuroscience Society.
  • Bennetts, R., Gregory, N. and Bate, S., 2014. Characterising developmental prosopagnosia: What can subtypes tell us? In: Experimental Psychology Society 15-17 April 2014 Kent. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 12 (67), 2467-2477 Taylor & Francis.
  • Bennetts, R., Penton, T., Kohl, C., Banissy, M. and Bate, S., 2014. Transcranial electric stimulation and cognitive training improves face perception. In: European Conference on Visual Perception 24-28 August 2014 Belgrade, Serbia. Perception, 16 London, UK: Pion.
  • Bennetts, R., Bate, S., Cook, S.J., Duchaine, B., Tree, J.J., Burns, E. and Hodgson, T.L., 2013. Intranasal Inhalation of Oxytocin Improves Face Processing in Developmental Prosopagnosia. In: European Conference on Visual Perception 25-29 August 2013 Bremen, Germany. Perception, 42, 78.
  • Bate, S., 2013. Aberrant scanning of facial expressions in developmental prosopagnosia. In: Joint Annual Conference of the BPS Cognitive and Developmental Sections 4-6 September 2013 Reading, UK.
  • Bennetts, R., Bate, S., Cook, S.J., Duchaine, B., Tree, J.J., Burns, E. and Hodgson, T.L., 2013. Intranasal inhalation of oxytocin improves face processing in developmental prosopagnosia. In: Joint Annual Conference of the BPS Cognitive and Developmental Sections 4-6 September 2013 Reading, UK.
  • Bussunt, A. and Bate, S., 2013. Navigation training improves face recognition in developmental prosopagnosia. In: Joint Annual Conference of the BPS Cognitive and Developmental Sections 4-6 September 2013 Reading, UK.
  • Bobak, A. and Bate, S., 2013. Group differences in the scanning of faces: Insights from 'super-recognizers', developmental prosopagnosia and individuals with typical face memory. In: Joint Annual Conference of the BPS Cognitive and Developmental Sections 4-6 September 2013 Reading, UK.
  • Bate, S., 2013. Social scene perception in developmental prosopagnosia: Normal attention to faces but aberrant patterns of feature exploration. In: Eye Movements Research and Developmental Disorders workshop 13 March 2013 Newcastle, UK.
  • Bate, S., Haslam, C. and Hodgson, T.L., 2010. Evidence of an eye movement-based memory effect in congenital prosopagnosia. Paper. In: 25th Anniversary Conference of the British Psychological Society Cognitive Section 7-10 September 2008 Southampton, UK.
  • Bate, S., Haslam, C. and Hodgson, T.L., 2010. Covert face recognition relies on affective valence in congenital prosopagnosia. In: Annual Meeting of the British Psychological Society Cognitive Section 6-8 September 2010 Cardiff, UK.
  • Parris, B.A., Bate, S. and Hodgson, T.L., 2010. Facilitating goal maintenance in the Stroop task. Paper presented at the , Cardiff. In: Annual Meeting of the British Psychological Society Cognitive Section 6-8 September 2010 Cardiff, UK.
  • Parris, B., Bate, S. and Hodgson, T.L., 2008. Prime speed for selective attention in the Stroop task. In: Meeting of the British Psychological Society: Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section 22 November 2008 London.
  • Parris, B., Bate, S. and Hodgson, T.L., 2008. Prime speed for selective attention in the Stroop task. In: Meeting of the British Psychological Society: Cognitive Psychology Section 8-10 September 2008 Southampton.
  • Bate, S., Haslam, C., Hodgson, T.L. and Tree, J.J., 2007. Evidence of an eye movement-based memory effect in congenital prosopagnosia. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13, 37.
  • Bate, S., Haslam, C. and Hodgson, T.L., 2006. Evidence of an eye movement-based memory effect in congenital prosopagnosia. In: 4th International Conference on Memory 16-21 July 2006 Sydney, Australia.

PhD Students

  • Anna Bobak

Profile of Teaching PG

  • MSc Lifespan Neuropsychology

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Face Recognition and its Disorders (Level H)
  • Developmental Psychology and its Disorders (Level I)

Grants

  • Launch of the Face Blindness Awareness Campaign (British Psychological Society, 01 Nov 2013). In Progress

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Face Blindness Awareness Campaign
  • S. Bate (2013, March). Face blindness: When every face is a stranger. Talk and public discussion delivered as part of the Café Scientifique series, Bournemouth, UK.
  • Members of the Centre for Face Processing Disorders have presented talks to A-Level Students at various schools in the area (including Ringwood School and Parkstone Grammar), over the last three years.
  • The Centre for Face Processing Disorders ran the "Are you a super-recognizer" exhibition stand for the duration of BU's 2013 Festival of Learning

Qualifications

  • PhD in Psychology (University of Exeter, 2009)
  • MSc in Psychological Research Methods (Distinction) (University of Exeter, 2005)
  • BA (Hons) in Psychology (First class) (University of Exeter, 2004)

Memberships

  • Experimental Psychology Society, Member (2012-),
  • British Neuropsychological Society, Member (2009-),
  • British Psychological Society, Member (2008-),

Networks

  • Centre for Face Processing Disorders