Skip to search form Skip to main content. Diagnosing prosopagnosia: effects of ageing, sex, and participant-stimulus ethnic match on the Cambridge Face Memory Test and Cambridge Face Perception Test. Here, we assess the extent to which norms for these tasks must take into account ageing, sex, and testing country. View PDF. Save to Library.
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Skip to search form Skip to main content. Valid and reliable assessments of face recognition memory ability are necessary to examine patterns of ability and disability in face processing, yet there is a dearth of such assessments for children. View on Elsevier. Save to Library. Create Alert. Share This Paper. Figures, Tables, and Topics from this paper.
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Psychologists have realised that some people have a heightened ability for facial recognition. Individuals who work in forensics, crime or security settings are often required to compare faces and recognise suspects. The first involved the super recognisers and 22 student volunteers, who were asked to look at a still image of an unfamiliar face captured on CCTV and then asked to recognise that face from a different angle among 9 other faces. Most people find this task difficult, but the super recognisers correctly identified the target face on more than 93 per cent of trials, compared with an average hit rate of 80 per cent among the students.
There is a special neural circuit for the processing of faces as opposed to other non-face objects. Prosopamnesia is a deficit in the part of this circuit responsible for encoding perceptions as memories. Prosopamnesia presents itself in patients as an inability to recognize people they have previously encountered based on their faces. In this way, it is very easily mistaken as prosopagnosia , which is an inability to perceive or recognize faces.