'Super recognisers': more than just clever lab rat

Posted on November 14, 2015

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It's only within the last 10 years that psychologists have realised some people have extremely good face recognition abilities that set them apart from the rest of the population, a group they call "super recognisers". These individuals excel on established lab tests of their abilities, such as the Cambridge Face Memory Test. Understandably, this has led to interest in using these people's skills in real-life settings, such as to help identify rioters whose faces have been captured on CCTV.

A new study published in Applied Cognitive Psychology is helping psychological science catch up with these developments. The researchers concluded that super recognisers could be a real boon to real-life security agencies, but that recruiters would do well to use a mix of established lab-based and more applied tests to find the best candidates for performing real-life identification tasks.

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Source material from Research Digest