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Super-recognizers: People with extraordinary face recognition ability

Overview of attention for article published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, April 2009
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Title
Super-recognizers: People with extraordinary face recognition ability
Published in
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, April 2009
DOI 10.3758/pbr.16.2.252
Pubmed ID
Authors

Richard Russell, Brad Duchaine, Ken Nakayama

Abstract

We tested 4 people who claimed to have significantly better than ordinary face recognition ability. Exceptional ability was confirmed in each case. On two very different tests of face recognition, all 4 experimental subjects performed beyond the range of control subject performance. They also scored significantly better than average on a perceptual discrimination test with faces. This effect was larger with upright than with inverted faces, and the 4 subjects showed a larger "inversion effect" than did control subjects, who in turn showed a larger inversion effect than did developmental prosopagnosics. This result indicates an association between face recognition ability and the magnitude of the inversion effect. Overall, these "super-recognizers" are about as good at face recognition and perception as developmental prosopagnosics are bad. Our findings demonstrate the existence of people with exceptionally good face recognition ability and show that the range of face recognition and face perception ability is wider than has been previously acknowledged.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 8 2%
United Kingdom 4 <1%
Germany 2 <1%
Japan 2 <1%
China 2 <1%
Denmark 2 <1%
Switzerland 2 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Other 7 2%
Unknown 392 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 96 23%
Student > Bachelor 83 20%
Student > Master 52 12%
Researcher 49 12%
Professor 23 5%
Other 75 18%
Unknown 45 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 251 59%
Neuroscience 27 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 16 4%
Social Sciences 13 3%
Medicine and Dentistry 11 3%
Other 39 9%
Unknown 66 16%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 513. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 24 November 2021.
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#1
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