Are You A Super-Recognizer?

Once a super-recognizer sees a face, he or she can remember and identify it again, whether that face is observed in real life or in a photograph (regardless of the subject's age). They've even been tapped by law enforcement agencies to recognize suspects in crowds and identify them from blurred or grainy footage. It's thought that one's ability to recognize faces falls on a spectrum, with less than 1% of the population being super-recognizers. Learn more about these amazing people in these videos.

Test Your Recognizing Skills

Take this quiz to see if you are a super recognizer.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Once a super recognizer sees a face, they never forget it. 01:28

  2. People with the condition face blindness can't recognize the faces of others. 02:36

  3. Play a game to see if you might be a super recognizer: 04:51

The Science Of Face-Blindness

The opposite of super-recognizers, people with prosopagnosia can't remember faces.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Prosopagnosia is a condition in which people can't cognitively see faces. 00:22

  2. The fusiform gyrus handles visual word recognition, color processing and face and body recognition. 02:28

  3. People with face blindness tend have trouble interpreting facial expressions as well. 05:00

How Does Facial Recognition Work?

Get schooled in this technology.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Facebook can recognize faces with 97.35% accuracy, which is still less than a human's ability to recognize faces. 00:25

  2. There are four main issues you face when developing facial recognition software: aging, pose, illumination, emotions. 02:15

  3. Mastercard is trying to see if taking a selfie could be a viable way to authenticate a credit card purchase. 05:02

Written by Curiosity Staff October 30, 2015

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