Hi, I have always had problems recognising people out of context, even if I know them quite well, and I was wondering if anyone has any advice which could help me. I can usually recognise an acquaintance if they're dressed differently but in the same place I am used to seeing them in (e.g. work) or sometimes if they're dressed the same as when I last saw them but in a different location. I have to know someone really well before I can identify them anywhere. Of course, some people have been too much offended by me not knowing them already to ever get to the "knowing well" stage. Sorry to ramble on, but hope someone can help because this is one of my most frequent social faux pas.
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/psychology/psychologyexperiments/experiments/facememorytest/startup.php I scored 54 at this at the first attempt. For me the score improved with repeated attempts . I think because the faces became more familiar.
Don't know how I did it .. and I was trying to do it correctly, not deliberately putting wrong answers .... but I managed to get a big round zero! Don't think I should go to any identity parades!
goodness how do you feel about that? Do you do better in real life? Remember we are all using different screen size and resolution maybe your is tiny and difficult to see? I got 64 I really concentrated it was tough.
More amused about it than anything. I know I am bad at faces but don't think I am that bad. In a real life situation people become familiar and there are other factors apart from faces - hair, build, the way they walk and stand. Not something I'm too worried about, and I will do the test again soon to see whether I was having a bad day!