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    I scored 9 out of 14. Practice would have helped. I concentrated a little too much on the hair in the beginning and I didn't know they would use different angles. I think I'd get at least 10 if I tried again. People who have photographic memories would have a clear advantage.
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    I sorta cruised through it on just auto-pilot.

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    Second attempt 13/14
    I think the image I miss is the one before the last one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sistamatic View Post
    What the hell is wrong with me.
    I've wondered whether I'm handicapped in this area because I've seen sketches from police sketch artists that were said to be amazingly accurate and I didn't think I'd recognize the person based on it. Maybe I'm more careful because I think that. Also, different photos of the same person in What We Look Like taught me something about how different people can look in different photos. I've seen it on other forums too.
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    8/14

    Not sure what to do with that information

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    I scored 9. I'm not surprised, I often question if some people see on the street are former clients or not.

    Sista, I wouldn't be too worried. It's testing for super recognizers, not prosopragnosia (face blindness).

    Oliver sacks, world renown doctor and author, has "face blindness" and has written about it. Fascinating stuff.

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    time to jackoff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oxyjen View Post
    I scored 9. I'm not surprised, I often question if some people see on the street are former clients or not.

    Sista, I wouldn't be too worried. It's testing for super recognizers, not prosopragnosia (face blindness).

    Oliver sacks, world renown doctor and author, has "face blindness" and has written about it. Fascinating stuff.
    Googled that, found a questionnaire, and according to questionnaire, I probably have face blindness. It would explain a lot. I always had this issue as a teacher... if my students sat at a different desk than usual, I couldn't recognize them and I always had trouble knowing who people are out of context. I once conjectured that I had location/name synesthesia, rofl. This makes much better sense.

    One of the questions on the questionnaire is "Do you sometimes have trouble following movies because you can't tell the characters apart?" So, is that an unusual thing? It's especially difficult with generic white males in business suits. Maybe I love comic books because everyone wears an easily identifiable costume with like the first letter of their name sewn on the front or something.

    Hypothesis: I have 20/300 vision. I didn't get glasses until I was in 6th grade because A) I was always out for appointments with specialists/doctors/surgery for the first few in school eye tests, and B) I was really shy and an expert at pretending everything was fine so that no one would pay attention to me. I counted doors and turns in school to get to my classrooms, memorized a lot stuff, and apart from a couple of wrong bus incidents, no one was the wiser until they sat me down in front of an eye chart and I had to squint to see the E at the top. Perhaps my face recognition development was retarded by the fact that I couldn't see faces during the critical point in development so I queued in on other data for recognition purposes.

    Possible test: compare face recognition skills of those who were born blind but who were cured in late childhood to those who have had 20/20 vision since early childhood.
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    11/14, but two I second guessed myself and one I knew I didn't know.

    @Sistamatic: are you looking for anchoring points? Treat it like one of those games where they give you a picture littered with objects to memorize for a few seconds, then hide it, and either ask questions about it, or show you an altered version to spot differences in or find the objects from the previous picture in. The early ones are no-brainers because the pictures are the same. The later ones involve rotations so you need to pick your important features more carefully. Patterns of moles, shape of nose, how they hold their eyes, lip shape, set of jaw. Instead of trying to memorize the face, try and memorize a collection of self-understood features. Then, check the new photos to see which ones have those features--as you understand them to be. Break the image into conceptual blocks. They're easier to string together meaningfully, like words in a sentence. Strings are easier to compare than memories.
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