The good folks over at IFLScience recently posted an article about super-recognizers, i.e. people who have an uncanny ability to recognize faces. I told you about aphantasia before, and this is a sort of opposite of that. The way that one super-recognizer put it:
One of the people in the study told the researchers that she tried to hide her ability and “pretend that I don’t remember [people] … because it seems like I stalk them, or that they mean more to me than they do.”
According to those researching the subject, super-recognizers are very rare. I personally don’t think I am a super-recognizer, as I never felt anything like what the abovementioned person described. I do have excellent “mind’s eye” recall, but when it comes to faces, I am far more likely to recognize them but never be able to place them. Someone will look familiar, but it can be hard for me to remember who they actually are, let alone remember their names. When it comes to actors I’ve seen once before, I can spend hours with my eyes closed trying to remember their expressions in a certain scene, from there try to extrapolate what the scene was, and from there try to extrapolate what the movie was, before I remember where I had last seen them.
Still, there’s a test. I have to take the test.
I got 11/14. Considering that anything above 10 is considered potential super-recognizer material, and considering that I wasn’t really paying that much attention during the test, as I was sort of also watching an episode of Supernatural at the time, I’m beginning to doubt how serious this test actually is. I signed up to do the longer 45 minute test in future, as I don’t have time right now, which should in principle be a better indicator of super-recognizer status. While I wait on participating in a study on lucid dreaming, I might as well participate in this one, right?
In the meantime, anyone else interested in taking the shorter test I linked to above? What’s the consensus, too easy to get over 10/14? Or are super-recognizers more common than the researchers previously thought?