Skip to main content

The Kent Face Matching Test

Fysh, Matthew C., Bindemann, Markus (2018) The Kent Face Matching Test. British Journal of Psychology, 109 . pp. 219-231. ISSN 0007-1269. E-ISSN 2044-8295. (doi:10.1111/bjop.12260) (KAR id:62877)

PDF Author's Accepted Manuscript
Language: English
Download (684kB) Preview
[thumbnail of Fysh_Bindemann_KFMT_BJP.pdf]
This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.
Request an accessible format
Official URL


This paper presents the Kent Face Matching Test (KFMT), which comprises 200 same-identity and 20 different-identity pairs of unfamiliar faces. Each face pair consists of a photograph from a student ID-card and a high-quality portrait that was taken at least three months later. The test is designed to complement existing resources for face-matching research, by providing a more ecologically valid stimulus set that captures the natural variability that can arise in a person’s appearance over time. Two experiments are presented to demonstrate that the KFMT provides a challenging measure of face matching but correlates with established tests. Experiment 1 compares a short version of this test with the optimised Glasgow Face Matching Test (GFMT). In Experiment 2, a longer version of the KFMT, with infrequent identity mismatches, is correlated with performance on the Cambridge Face Memory Test (CFMT) and the Cambridge Face Perception Test (CFPT). The KFMT is freely available for use in face-matching research.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/bjop.12260
Uncontrolled keywords: Unfamiliar; face; matching; test
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Markus Bindemann
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2017 11:52 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:47 UTC
Resource URI: (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Bindemann, Markus:
  • Depositors only (login required):


Downloads per month over past year