School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Alice J. O'Toole

Aage and Margareta Moller Professor

Research Interests

Face recognition by humans and machines. Neural processing of faces and bodies.

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Alice O’Toole’s research focuses on human perception and memory for faces, using psychological, computational, and neuroscience-based methods. She has studied human and computer-based face recognition, and has conducted experiments to compare expert forensic facial examiners with untrained individuals. Dr. O’Toole also utilizes functional magnetic resonance imaging to study person recognition from the face, body, and gait. She currently serves as an associate editor for Psychological Science and for the British Journal of Psychology, has been named a fellow by the American Psychological Association, and holds the Aage and Margareta Moller Endowed Chair. Dr. O’Toole has been the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, and has received research funding from NIMH, DARPA, IARPA, and the National Institute of Justice. Dr. O’Toole earned her bachelor’s degree from The Catholic University of America and her master’s and PhD from Brown University.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Book Chapters

Evaluating automatic face recognition systems with human benchmarks. In (Eds. J. Davis & T. Valentine). O’Toole, & Phillips, P. J. (2015, in press). Forensic Facial Identification: Theory and Practice of Identification from Eyewitnesses, Composites and CCTV. Wiley-Blackwell.

O’Toole, A. J. (2011). Cognitive and Computational Approaches to Face Perception. In (Eds. A. Calder, G. Rhodes, M. Johnson, & J. V. Haxby). Oxford Handbook of Face Perception. Oxford University Press, Oxford: UK.

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Yovel, G. & O’Toole, A. J. (2016, in press). Recognizing people in motion. Trends in Cognitive Science.

White, D., Phillips, P. J., Hahn, C. A., Hill, M., & O’Toole, A. J. (2015). Perceptual expertise in forensic facial image comparison. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 282, 1814-1822.

Phillips, P. J. and O’Toole, A. J. (2014). Comparison of human and computer performance across face recognition experiments. Image & Vision Computing, 32(1), 74-85. (Editor’s Choice Review Article)

Natu, V. & O’Toole, A. J. (2014). Spatiotemporal changes in neural response patterns to faces varying in visual familiarity. NeuroImage (E-publication ahead of print). doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.12.027.

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