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Remembering Faces

Remembering Faces

Forgetting the face of someone we have met once seems normal compared to being able to remember the face of someone after years.

  • A Super-Recognizer is a person with a gift of remembering a face for a long time, often infinitely. These kinds of people were discovered in 2009, and make up about 2 percent of the population.
  • On the other end of the spectrum are the prosopagnosics (people with face blindness) who cannot recognize even familiar faces like their own face.

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The Hidden Superpower: Face Recognition

Many people may not be super-recognizers but just have a better memory, according to many tests.

The superpower that facial super-recognizers have is to immediately place an actor they see on a TV series to some older sitcom/movie/series that the same actor may have appeared, even if that was a long time ago or was in a completely different makeup/costume.

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Recognizing Faces: Genetic Ability And Extroversion

  • The super-recognizers seem to have a genetic component according to research on identical and fraternal twins, making this ability bend towards heritability.
  • Extroverts seem to have a higher facial recognition ability, and people with less social interaction have poor facial recognition skills, suggesting that it is akin to a muscle that gets better with usage.

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The Region Of Face Recognition

  • Like an essential app on our smartphones, face recognition has been an important, often crucial ability for our ancestors, with the eyes playing a big role.
  • Evolution or nature has placed a special significance on facial recognition for most of us, with a dedicated region of the brain known as fusiform face area used only for computing the faces, mainly through the eyes.
  • People who are face blind tend to have social anxiety and avoid the eye region of people while looking at them.

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