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You probably don't know much about your own face-recognition skills

20 December 2016

The ability to recognise faces is a skill that the majority of us take for granted, but unless you've got a severe face-recognition impairment then it's likely that you don't know quite how good at it you are.

Around two percent of the population suffer from this impairment, known as congenital prosopagnosia, with a similar number at the other end of the spectrum having exceptional face-recognition skills.

For those of us somewhere in between, however, it seems that we don't really have any idea how good, or otherwise, we are at recognising other peoples' faces.

This information comes from a new study in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, which found that the majority of participants' belief about their face-recognition ability actually bore little or no relation to the reality.

Find out more in our Research Digest blog.


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