APA (American Psychological Association) Speaking of Psychology series


"The people who never forget a face with Josh P Davis (PhD) and Kelly Jo Desborough."


For those interested in super-recognition and the employment of these skilled people in different environments, the American Psychological Association (APA) have published the latest podcast in their "Speaking of Psychology" series.


This is the 174th episode of the series and features Josh Davis discussing some of the science and history of super-recognition deployment in police and businesses. Kelly Desborough is a photographer, and a licensee of the Association of Super Recognisers, and has worked since 2018 with Super Recognisers International, after scoring exceptionally highly on tests set up by the Face and Voice Recognition Lab at the University of Greenwich, and now taken by police from more than 25 international police forces.


Kelly has never been a police officer, but as a civilian has assisted police by performing CCTV review, facial comparison and other tasks. She also helps the National Child Protection Task Force in the USA, locating missing and exploited children, and she once identified a “person of interest” in a crowd of 42,000 at Wembley Stadium. Kelly is highly engaging in this podcast, she paints a great picture describing her incredible skills and completely steals the show.


Could you be a super-recogniser? Why not follow in Kelly’s footsteps which started here with this fun test (takes 5 minutes): Could you be a Super-Recogniser Test


Due to increasing demand, we have recently translated our tests into French, German, and Spanish. Polish, Italian, Korean, and Portuguese to follow. This is the APA version of the podcast: It contains a transcript.

More information about the Association of Super Recognisers and Super Recognisers International here: https://www.superrecognisers.com/post/lord-lingfield-certifies-police-and-international-super-recognisers

Here is a previous blog about Kelly who appeared in Wired: https://www.superrecognisers.com/post/vice-article-on-kelly-hearsey-working-super-recogniser

The podcast can also be found on: Apple, APA, YouTube, Spotify, Stitcher

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