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Super-recognisers: some people excel at both face and voice recognition

Super-recognisers: some people excel at both face and voice recognition

Jenkins, Ryan, Robertson, David and Davis, Josh P. ORCID: 0000-0003-0017-7159 (2021) Super-recognisers: some people excel at both face and voice recognition. The Conversation:156817. ISSN 2201-5639

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Abstract

How good do you think you are at recognising faces? What about voices? Some people are great at it, while others struggle. Researchers have found a large variation in people’s abilities to recognise the faces or voices of those completely unknown to them. When it comes to face recognition, the ability ranges from those who struggle to recognise the faces of friends and family – a condition known as “prosopagnosia” or face-blindness – to those who have demonstrated exceptional unfamiliar face recognition skills, called “super-recognisers”. These super-recognisers have been successfully deployed in many agencies, including London’s police service. Similar findings have also been discovered for voice recognition. The condition “phonagnosia” describes those who struggle to recognise the voices of their friends and family. But whether or not someone can possess exceptionally good voice recognition ability remained uncovered, until now. In a new study, we and our colleagues tested whether super-face-recognisers could transfer their abilities across to recognising voices, to explore the possibility of a super-voice-recogniser.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Modified by author JPD on March 13 2021, and updated by MP on July 6 2021. This is a journalistic article published in the e-journal The Conversation (published online, without volume or issue number, only ULR). The author has not therefore submitted PDF as it does not exist (pls follow the link to the article). MP 6/7/21
Uncontrolled Keywords: Face recognition, voice recognition, super-recogniser, individual differences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
T Technology > TR Photography
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Thinking and Learning
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2021 11:15
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/31656

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