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Are you a super-recogniser?

Could you spot your childhood friend out of a crowd? Or remember the face of a passing stranger a few years later? There are people with this rare talent called “super-recognisers”, and they make up less than one per cent of the human population.

London’s Scotland Yard have recruited super-recognisers, who are helping them solve criminal cases, when even the most sophisticated technology fails, by literally “putting a face on the crime”.

To find out more about this phenomenon, Nic spoke to James Dunn who is a PhD student at the University of New South Wales. His research primarily focuses on cognitive processes involved in face recognition.

Are you a super-recogniser? The UNSW Face Test will tell you if you’re a super-recogniser, and can be taken until the end of September.

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