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Harriet Smith

Harriet Smith

Independent Research Fellow

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Harriet is an Independent Research Fellow in Psychology. She currently teaches Statistics on the MSc/PGDip in Psychology (Conversion) course.

Career overview

Harriet took her undergraduate degree in History at the University of Cambridge. Having become interested in Psychology, she completed the MSc Psychology conversion course at NTU, and continued on to study for her PhD.

Research areas

Harriet’s PhD investigated novel face-voice matching. She tested whether people make similar judgments about strangers regardless of whether they see their face or hear their voice, and whether it is possible to match strangers’ faces to their voices.

Recent publications in this area include:

Smith, H. M. J., Dunn, A., Baguley, T., & Stacey, P. C. (2017). Increasing the inter-stimulus interval in novel face-voice matching. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2016.1253758

Smith, H. M. J., Dunn, A., Baguley, T., & Stacey, P. C. (2016). Matching novel face and voice identity using static and dynamic facial images. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics. DOI: 10.3758/s13414-015-1045-8

Smith, H. M. J., Dunn, A., Baguley, T. & Stacey, P. C. (2016). Concordant cues in faces and voices: Testing the back-up signal hypothesis. Evolutionary Psychology. DOI: 10.1177/1474704916630317

Harriet is currently working on a number of projects relating to identity discrimination in forensic and security settings. These projects focus on:

  • Voice parade procedures
  • Novel face matching procedures
  • Forensic voice discrimination

External activity

Graduate member of the British Psychological Society

Member of the BPS Cognitive Psychology Section

Harriet has acted as a peer-reviewer for a number of journals


2016 PsyPAG Rising Researcher

Sponsors and collaborators

External collaborators:

  • Dr Heather Flowe (University of Birmingham)
  • Professor Hassan Ugail (University of Bradford

Harriet was recently awarded a £9,722 research grant from the British Academy ('Developing a procedure for eliciting accurate, detailed, and consistent forensic voice descriptions from lay witnesses')