Face Recognition

I have to say, I’ve been enjoying CBC’s The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. I find it to be a very interesting news show, talk show, whatever kind of show it is. There was an intriguing segment on one show about Prosopagnosia (Face Blindness), a disorder which affects people’s ability to recognize faces. In extreme cases, an affected individual may not even recognize members of his own family! Strombo mentioned a website which contains some Face Recognition Tests that anyone can take to assess their face recognition abilities. I love puzzles/problems/quizzes/tests, so I couldn’t wait to take the tests. (However, since my internet connection is dial-up, I had to wait to do them until I could use a computer with high-speed). Well, I finally had an opportunity to do the tests, and it was great fun! There are 5 tests on the website: Two shorter face recognition tests (Famous Faces Test and Old-New Faces Test) and one longer one, and two object recognition tests (Old-New Cars Test and Old-New Shoes Test). The average score for all the tests is around 85%. I scored 96% for the Famous Faces Test, which kind of surprised me – I had no idea I was so up on who’s who. The only error I made was mistaking Tony Blair for Jack Nicholson – sorry, Tony! The “Old-New” tests consist of being introduced to 10 people/objects, followed by a sequence of 50 images where you indicate whether each image was one of the original 10 or not. I scored above average for these as well. Oddly enough, I scored higher on the Shoes Test than the Cars Test (and don’t go reading anything into that!). And finally, I scored 100% on the longer face recognition test – now if I could just remember names…

If you have a few minutes, check out these tests. And feel free to share your results!

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4 Responses to Face Recognition

  1. 97% for me on Famous Faces. I missed Tony Blair too.

  2. Andrea says:

    Me too! I thought he was Donnie Osmond.

  3. A guy with a face like that could make a career out of hiding!

  4. 1loneranger says:

    Oh I’ve often wondered about this. I have excellent facial recog. I think it would add to my spy agent potential. I’ve got to take the test. Michelle sucks at facial recog. We talk about it all the time. Conversely, my ability to remember names is horrendous. Funny.

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