Monday, September 17, 2012

Face Blindness

I decided to take the face blind test because I had actually never heard of it and could not even fathom the idea that people cannot recognize faces.  I sometimes think about the idea that we are all humans with eyes, noses, mouths, cheeks, and lips, but we all manage to look completely different.  It is hard for me to look at the different parts of the face because I take them all in at once.  In class we talked about how people with face blindness have difficulty viewing the face as a whole.  This idea blew my mind and I knew I should take the test and see for myself.  


Out of 30 faces, you correctly identified 25.
You were familiar with 28 of the people in this test.

If we exclude the ones you were unfamiliar with, you got 89% correct.

On our previous version of this test, the average person with normal face recognition was able to recognize about 85% of the faces they were familiar with. If you missed more than half of the faces you were familiar with, this may indicate face recognition difficulties.

Above are my results from the test and I was actually surprised I didn’t get a 95% or higher.  During class we discussed how the issue with face blindness takes place in processing.  This concept is so difficult for me to grasp because even when I could not remember the first or last name of the person, I knew their face and could name the movies or TV shows that I recognized them from.  There were only about three people I had never seen or heard of before and a few I completely did not know their face. 

Despite the fact that I was unable to recognize three faces, it is still hard for me to grasp the idea that people actually struggle with this on a severe daily level. 

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