Behavior Research Methods

, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 286–291

The Glasgow Face Matching Test


DOI: 10.3758/BRM.42.1.286

Cite this article as:
Burton, A.M., White, D. & McNeill, A. Behavior Research Methods (2010) 42: 286. doi:10.3758/BRM.42.1.286


We describe a new test for unfamiliar face matching, the Glasgow Face Matching Test (GFMT). Viewers are shown pairs of faces, photographed in full-face view but with different cameras, and are asked to make same/different judgments. The full version of the test comprises 168 face pairs, and we also describe a shortened version with 40 pairs. We provide normative data for these tests derived from large subject samples. We also describe associations between the GFMT and other tests of matching and memory. The new test correlates moderately with face memory but more strongly with object matching, a result that is consistent with previous research highlighting a link between object and face matching, specific to unfamiliar faces. The test is available free for scientific use.

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© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Glasgow Caledonian UniversityGlasgowScotland
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowScotland

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